Isaiah 66:2b “I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word.”
God looks for people who humble themselves under his mighty hand and who have a broken, repentant (contrite) spirit before him. These acts show our willingness to abide by his direction, instruction, and guidance. These acts show our willingness to place God on the throne of our hearts and accept his authority as King of kings and Lord of lords, as the ultimate authority in the universe. These acts show our willingness to rely upon his provision rather than trying to do everything in our power and ability.
The interesting note is that God says people who have the humble, repentant spirit before him “tremble at [his] word.” Do we even fear the Lord anymore, not in the sense of strike-me-down-dead fear but a reverent, holy fear of the Lord? The very idea of an omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God should make us quiver inside and put a fear in us, knowing that he is the one who gives life and can take life (see Ananias and Sapphira, Acts 5).
People have become so lax and take for granted our God that they behave similarly to the ancient Jews of Isaiah’s day. They choose their own ways rather than listen to the Word of God and do what he says to do. There is no more genuine fear of the Lord Almighty! People let us learn to be silent at times, humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, and revere him again by doing what he says. The days grow short leaving not much time before he sends his Son to gather his people home. We have much work to do for the kingdom. Let us be busy about the Father’s business doing what he tells us to do not just busywork for the sake of doing something.
Are you sacrifices acceptable to God? Are you placing your life on the altar of heaven as a living sacrifice, dying to self that you may pick up your cross and follow Jesus? If you humble yourself and keep a repentant heart before God, he says that you will be blessed. Do you want to be blessed and receive a heavenly reward, or do you want to continue doing things your way and miss out on what God has to offer? You decide.