[In light of my “writing well” drying up for a while, I thought I’d post some fresh grace-water from one of my online friends and ragamuffin heroes, Bryan Lowe. You can read his stuff over at brokenbelievers.com.]
“And this is the reason: God lives forever and is holy. He is high and lifted up. He says, “I live in a high and holy place…
(pause for emphasis)
but I also live with people who are sad and humble. I give new life to those who are humble and to those whose hearts are broken.”
Isaiah 57:15, NCV
There is no exception, or absolutely no reasoning over this. Simply put, God is holy and that He lives forever. That is beyond dispute. He simply penetrates everything, He is the “first cause” and exercises complete authority over all, and anything that has had any existence whatsoever. He is all sustaining and completely powerful. This is just basic truth, and these simple ideas woven together, produce some mighty fine theology.
But even with all this, He has a high density love for the desperate. He searches us out, and tries to find those who know they are pathetically weak. He has a deep penchant and preference for those who have nothing. Astonishing?– Yes, but this I admit– stretches me.
When Jesus came, it was not to teach an elegant philosophy, and to be praised by men. But rather it was to find lost people. He was like a special forces team dropped in a jungle, to rescue prisoners in an evil and dark concentration camp. He came for anyone who would believe in Him. Essentially, He provided a salvation for anyone who would take it. But you had to be desperate, and weak, and pretty much pathetic.
Hearts that have been broken have an instant attraction to Him. You see, He collects flawed hearts, He thirsts for those who have been wounded or ashamed. If ever you have felt this way, Jesus is already moving towards you, and not away. The broken and humble of this world will always have a dedicated advocate and Savior in Him. We only have to ask.
When we stand in the desperate place, way beyond any kind of help, He comes. And then He exercises real power and authority to release us. He rescues us when no one, or nothing could. Some question that all this talk about Jesus, that there might be a sense that it could be overly excessive or misguided. But when you face the stark reality of being terribly lost, your Savior becomes pretty significant.
I like this verse, it seems to contain much that I need today. It fortifies my soul, and keeps me straight. It’s like God’s multivitamin for my heart. I hope it blesses you as well.