Isaiah 66:1-2 What God Desires of Us
In Medieval England the church built some of the grandest buildings in history. The more splendid the architecture, the more the church leaders believed they were praising God. They poured vast sums of money into the creation of grandiose architectural projects, which peaked in the cathedrals at Canterbury and York.
Is that really what God desires of man? Isaiah 66 says differently:
Thus says the LORD: “Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest? For all those things My hand has made, and all those things exist,” Says the LORD. “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.” (Isaiah 66:1-2)
Uh-oh. Perhaps all that money could have been better spent!
My point isn’t to bash the medieval church – they receive enough criticism over the crusades and the inquisition!
My point is to note that God doesn’t desire grand gestures to prove our worship. There are some who feel that the more they do for God, the more God will love and accept them. The bigger the deed, the better!
My friend, God isn’t expecting grand gestures, huge sacrifices, or tall edifices: Says the Lord: “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.”
If you wish for the Lord to look upon you, approach Him with a humble heart. Seek Him in humility. This is the heart that God will hear, this is the heart that God will accept. Jesus promised us:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)
We can change the world, one life at a time.