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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Isaiah 66:1.2 (Pt. 2)  Thought/Prayer:  Contrite!  Topics:  2 at end.

Heaven is My Throne
Thus said the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that you build to me? and where is the place of my rest?
For all those things has my hand made, and all those things have been, said the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at my word.”  (AKJV)  (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com.)

The contrite spirit.  Is it yours, or mine?  God says that He likes such a spirit.  So just what is it?

It has to do with feeling badly for bad behavior.  Your words have offended a dear friend; you become contrite with regret, or have twinges of compunction’s conviction.  Oh my.  This is something we so do not enjoy!  And why?  Well, contriteness to a follower of Jesus usually convicts us to change something, to apologize, to go to the person sheepishly and beg forgiveness.  This, for many of us if not most, does not come easily!

But right here we learn that God regards such a person.  Again, “Oh my”!  Really, Lord?

Yes, Lord, we see it right here in Your Word.  God will look to a person “of a contrite spirit.”  Well, it would seem that God, then, (and of course), realizes that we are going to need to be contrite; and how often, I suppose, depends upon our successes in living close to God which should help us need to be contrite a lot less.

But anyway, we know that living close to Jesus has soooo much more in benefits than just avoiding the need for contriteness.  Our closeness to Him has everything to do with our spiritual successes in life, and even those successes can prompt our self-oriented selves to brag a bit, even if only to our own selves:  and then we are back to needing to be contrite!

This could seem discouraging, but it isn’t at all.  We as human persons just need to acknowledge that we will need to be contrite . . . over and over and over . . . because we have been giving a choice in life:  do the right thing or don’t do the right thing.  Because God didn’t make us as puppets on strings, we make the choice, and we will often veer to the wrong, even in little things.  But because we have a God who hears our confessions and forgives, we just take care of our shortcomings, confessing and accepting His forgiveness, and go on about our serving of others through Him.   

And hopefully we will be regretful enough that we will vow a fuller closeness to Him as we walk on.

Lord, thank You for telling us that You give your regard to us in our contriteness.  Help us to be contrite more, before You.  Help us to be contrite over the lack of commitment we sometimes have toward LIFE work.  But thank You for forgiveness and the ability to get past our failings and continue on in You.

Topics:  Pray for closeness to the Lord, and ask Him to help us stay close so that we will do His will and make choices pleasing to Him, in ministry.
Missionaries – Domestic – in dealing with issues of LIFE, in their work in their nations

Posted by Gail Richardson on 10/26 at 12:41 PM
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