“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 66:2
Every accomplishment of man, from the beginning until the return of the Lord Jesus, cannot compare with the least of God’s creations. The things His hands have made are grander and more magnificent than the holiest and farthest imaginations of redeemed men saved by grace.
We will certainly do much greater things than those authenticating miracles performed by our Lord Jesus during His earthly ministry. What greater things do we do? We preach Christ, and Him crucified! We proclaim Jesus Christ crucified, buried, risen, ascended and coming again. Yet, we do not proclaim Him because we are great in and of ourselves; no, it is because the Great One, the Holy One of Israel abides with us, dwells in us, and rests powerfully upon us.
Until we see our utter poverty apart from the presence and redemption of God in Jesus Christ, we are not blessed, nor do we possess the kingdom of heaven.
From the revelation of our poverty, we may, by God’s grace humble ourselves in His sight; and in our humility, in our contrition God lifts us up and seats us in heavenly places in Christ. With a glimpse of His glory and with that moment of His majesty, the reality of His truth, the illumination of His Word, and the hinder parts of His holiness are revealed, which causes us to tremble… tremble… tremble; we tremble for the revelation of the breadth, and length, and depth, and height of He who has done exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think through the crucified and risen Lord, Jesus Christ. We become as undone as Isaiah was when he saw the Lord high and lifted up in the year that King Uzziah died.
O, to hear His word that we may tremble.