Fast Devotional #2 – A Contrite Heart

By Matt Destry – Communications Pastor

Scripture

Isaiah 57:15 (NIV)
For this is what the high and exalted One says — he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit,to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”

Insight

When His disciples asked him who was greatest in the Kingdom of heaven, Jesus brought a little child into their midst as an example of the posture of a person who is truly great. Far from greatness being associated with Kings, Generals, political figures or military heroes, greatness in the Kingdom of God looks like a small child, arms raised, in the presence of a loving Father.
We can run the risk today of getting caught up in the worship of God as a great King, or powerful ruler, but forget him as a friend of sinners and a welcomer of children. We know God as the transcendent, all-powerful, all-knowing God – but sometimes at the expense of knowing His closeness and intimacy. Our God is the Lord of heaven and earth. The creator and sustainer of all things. The universe is glued together by His word. He is all-knowing and all-powerful. This picture of God is comforting, and also needs to be filled-out or counter-balanced by knowing God as the lover of our souls.
God is not a distant Father, but a loving Dad who is close to those who are broken and those who need help. We revere Him in His transcendence, and draw close to him in his immanence. In fact, it is when we draw near to Him in our weakness that we really know his majesty.

Prayer

Holy Father, you are high and exalted, you live forever and your name is Holy. Draw near to me as I humble myself before you, may I know your loving mercy as you revive and restore my spirit. All I have is Yours, and all I am is found in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.