Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Humble Shall Finish

Isa 57:15
For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.

The Christian is a mourner. He weeps. He laments over the sins that daily cast shadows in the chambers of his enlightened heart. Indeed, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." (Mat 5:4) The glorious Lord, holy and awesome, unfathomable in His greatness, has expressed in His Word that, in all His splendor and exaltedness, the humble, the lowly, the broken, those who are keenly aware of their unworthiness before Him and who desire Christlikeness above all, these are the ones that are close to His heart--and these are the ones to whom He has promised revival and comfort.

In what form will these graces come? The Christian desires nothing but Christ and His image to be formed in him. All his sorrow emanates from his estimation of the un-Christlikeness that is still very much a part of him. Therefore, God has promised, and He is One to never relent on His Word, to deal with the root of the Christian's consternation by giving him what he wants. The Lord does this daily in SANCTIFICATION, and He will do it finally, in GLORIFICATION. Whenever the Christian is on the brink of despair, God revives in him the desire, the passion, and the zeal for holiness, and comforts him with the assurance that He will see him through to the finish line.

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