Have you ever received a gift? Ever? And was it something you’d been hoping for? Something you’d been deeply desiring? Deeply yearning for? Something you either wanted or needed or both?
Did you get it? Was it the exact thing that was in the beautifully wrapped box with the glamours curly coloured ribbon dangling from a tightly secured bow? Huh? Did you ever get a gift that was exactly what you wanted?
If so, well done to whoever gave the gift. Right? Right! Well done.
But some gifts aren’t always so accepted, in the heart that is. Sure, we’ll probably say a big “THANK YOU!” We’ll probably say it a few times, “Thank you, thank you so much.” Even if a gift isn’t what you had in mind or something strange or all together ugly or simply not your style, or taste, you’ll more times than not, accept it not to upset the one offering the gift.
But not so with God.
A few weeks ago the Holy Spirit reveled to me the desire of His heart for me and, I’m most certain, for you as well.
You see, there was something that I had so terribly desired in my heart to do for God in His name. It was going to be an expression of my love and honour and gratitude and, did I say my love for Him? Yes. I had planned to do something so over-the-top, stunningly beautiful and graciously humbling. It would have cost thousands if not millions of dollars. Yet no matter the costs I wanted to do this for God. I wanted all my guests to know that He is my help, that He is God, the He is worthy. I wanted so greatly to honour Christ before men and bless the people.
But He said NO.
The Holy Spirit reveled the truth and the fullness of what God desires of me, of us.
“Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.” ISAIAH 66:1-2
All these things that I had so hoped to do as a joy unto God was not and is not a gift He cares for. NOT AT ALL. Plainly as the scriptures says, He has made all things, so what would I truly be giving Him but that of what is already His? Everything is His. Everything and everyone. He has rule over all that is His. And, here’s the thing, anything that I would possibly think to give is from here, earth, which as we read, is His footstool.
No more plans to give God a gift He doesn’t care for, a gift He won’t receive from me. But He did say what He would accept. What He does care for from you and I. Yes, even you and I have something of ours He is desiring from us.
Our heart. Our honour. Our trembling at His word.
Our poor and contrite heart. Our empty and sorrowful and remorse heart for a sin we commit against Him. He desires that we desire to do right and walk uprightly as He is right. And, not if but when we do sin and behave wrongly, He wants us to acknowledge the truth and turn our heart in humility that we are guilty but that He is merciful should we come before this throne of grace to receive His mercy and find grace by faith in the name of the Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Our honour to His Holy name.
Our trembling at the very words of Almighty God given to us, even us as wicked as this world is, is still to this very day being spoke to by Christ. Yet who will consider the voice of God?
This is what God almighty wants from all His children who are called according to the hope of His calling.
To say the least, this has now become my hearts prayer and my minds desire. Lord, cause me to give you what you want. My heart. Poor and contrite before you. Broken and empty without you. Honour you most holy name that is above every name ever named and, to fear that you have spoken and do speak that I might take heed and cling to every single word.
May you give Him what He wants. Because remember, no matter how decorated the package may be, it’s what’s inside that’s being given. It’s what’s inside that will be judge all the more.
Glory to God in the highest. Great and terrible things has He done.
“For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”