If you look around at your life, we tend to compartmentalize God and His role in it. We say things like, “Wow! That was an awesome service! I could really feel God there,” or, “I wish God would move on my prayer,” or, “I wish I could feel His presence right now.” We treat God like He is a person like you or me. Like He “walks” in and out of the room.
In all actuality, God is not constrained by time and space. In Isaiah 57:15 God is called the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity. We literally have a Heavenly Father Who is spirit and is never constrained by time and space (because He made it). I cannot even begin to grasp how big Our God is. If you think about the entirety of history, life, and the known universe and encapsulate it, He is yet bigger.
For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”
Isaiah 57:15, NKJV
This is where my children are teaching me a valuable lesson. With three children under three years old now I have very limited time for anything. What small amount of free time I do have is a battle for what I do during that time. Do I become Martha or Mary? Do I clean or bask in God’s presence for a bit? Whenever I choose God, I am never disappointed.
Although that time is small, God always “walks” into the room. This is because even though I am constrained by time and space God has been there the whole time.
Isaiah 57:15 literally states God is waiting for the weary and weak to turn to Him. He says that He dwells in the high and holy place with the humble and the contrite. In this context, humble is defined as having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance. Contrite can be defined as feeling or expressing remorse or penitence; affected by guilt. Congratulations mom or dad, parenting often works both into us.
So what does the LORD do with the weak and weary? He invites them to His place and lets them sit at His table. Do you want a personal invite from The King? Spend a few days chasing toddlers with a baby on your hip and when you’re down to nothing, absolute zero, and you cannot possibly give anything else… that is when you get invited to the King’s table. That is when you can walk into the high and holy place.
And he hath said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my power is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Wherefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
I am become foolish: ye compelled me; for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing was I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I am nothing.
2 Corinthians 12:9-11, ASV
Even Paul wrote about being honored in his weakness. He was happy to glory in his weaknesses because he knew that the same power that rose Christ from the grave would be seen through him. When he was down to nothing.
I have heard (or heard of) a few preachers lately who have spoken some gems that really struck me. Pastor Tom Pendergrass of Urbancrest said that when he gets to heaven, he doesn’t want his church to have millions in the bank; he doesn’t even want a dime in his pocket. He wants to get to heaven running on fumes, giving away as much as he can as fast as he can for the sake of the gospel.
My husband also recently shared with me that Pastor Greg Locke who posts videos to Facebook said something of note. Pastor Greg said that he was completely at his end and was about to give up. So he confided in a friend about his woes and that he was finished to which they responded so simply, “Well isn’t that the point?”
Yes! That is the point! We are called to give and give and give some more. Give to those who despitefully use you and persecute you. Give to those who ask for the coat off of your back. Give! Give! All while pouring every ounce you’ve got into making little disciples. If you’re advancing the Kingdom of God, He will pick up the slack when you’ve spent everything, and that’s the point.
We are raising salt and light, and that is going to take everything that you’ve got. Don’t be afraid to overspend when it comes down to it. We have to be courageous enough to voluntarily go into the “red” with our resources, our energy, and our ourselves. Don’t be afraid to be weakened.
If you are spent for the sake of the gospel, if you are emptied for Christ, then when you can finally stop and take a breath and look up to where your help comes from, He will walk into the room. He will invite you to His table. He will revive you and refill you. Time after time. When I am at the end of me, He can begin His work through me, and that’s the point.