Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 29, 2019

“But to this one I will look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 7:44-50.

“44 “Our fathers had the tabernacle of testimony in the wilderness, just as He who spoke to Moses directed him to make it according to the pattern which he had seen.  45 And having received it in their turn, our fathers brought it in with Joshua upon dispossessing the nations whom God drove out before our fathers, until the time of David. 46 David found favor in God’s sight, and asked that he might find a dwelling place for the God of Jacob.  47 But it was Solomon who built a house for Him.  48 However, the Most High does not dwell in houses made by human hands; as the prophet says:

49 ‘HEAVEN IS MY THRONE,
AND EARTH IS THE FOOTSTOOL OF MY FEET;
WHAT KIND OF HOUSE WILL YOU BUILD FOR ME?’ SAYS THE LORD,
‘OR WHAT PLACE IS THERE FOR MY REPOSE?
50 ‘WAS IT NOT MY HAND WHICH MADE ALL THESE THINGS?’”  Acts 7:44-50.

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Man is proud of his works, what his hands have made.

But, God points to His creation, His word, His salvation, and all other things that are good and asks:  “WAS IT NOT MY HAND WHICH MADE ALL THESE THINGS?’”

“God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.  …”  Genesis 1:31.

“Not one of the good promises which the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass.”  Joshua 21:45.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28.

Man thinks that he is worthy of salvation by his works, things that he Has done even if it is as little as what he considers his alleged free-will choice of Christ.

But, the highlighted part in bold italic in the source of the quote in today’s Scripture provides the answer.

“Thus says the LORD,

“Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool.
Where then is a house you could build for Me?
And where is a place that I may rest?
2 “For My hand made all these things,
Thus all these things came into being,” declares the Lord.
But to this one I will look,
To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.”  Isaiah 66:1-2.

“13 The LORD looks from heaven;
He sees all the sons of men;
14 From His dwelling place He looks out
On all the inhabitants of the earth,
15 He who fashions the hearts of them all,
He who understands all their works.
16 The king is not saved by a mighty army;
A warrior is not delivered by great strength.
17 A horse is a false hope for victory;
Nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength.

18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope for His lovingkindness,”  Psalm 33:13-18.


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