Trembling at His Word

“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.

About Jon J. Cardwell

"The Spirited Speaker" - Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. Nationally recognized speaker and publisher. Author of several books, including the bestseller, Christ and Him Crucified.


  1. That was a beautiful devotion! Thank you.

    Psalm 119:89-91:

    Forever, O Lord, Thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness throughout all generations; Thou didst establish the earth, and it stands. They stand this day according to Thine ordinances, For all things are Thy servants.

  2. Dear Pastor Cardwell,

    Thank you for this wonderful gift of truth!

    Thank you also for more than just writing inspiring devotionals – you live them out in your life. I don’t know why God blessed me by allowing me providentially to be close enough to meet you and your equally wonderful wife, but I am truly thankful.

    May God continue to bless you with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms. And may He continue to strengthen you in your labor of equipping the saints for His service.

    Grace and peace in our Savior Jesus Christ forever!

    • Thank you, sister, for your kind and encouraging words.

      The blessing, privilege and pleasure for Lisa and I to know your family is all ours, believe you me.

      Thank you for your call yesterday. I really needed the break from this move.

      Grace and peace to you and your family!

  3. I read this early this morning and have been mediating on it. The timing of course, is not coincidental.

    I have always quietly wondered what the implications were when Jesus said in John 14:12 that “anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” Well, after reading this, it couldn’t be more clear.

    Truly, what could be greater than preaching Christ, and Him crucified? To proclaim Jesus Christ “crucified, buried, risen, ascended and coming again” IS absolutely greater than anything! In fact, it’s ALL that matters! Everything else is rubbish.

    This truth, I have to tell you, was a breakthrough for me. It comes on the heels of what I believe God is making real to me in His Word.

    Once again, I am blessed and edified by your teaching.

    • Thank you for your comments, sis.

      Once again, I am blessed and encouraged that anyone is blessed and edified by my teaching.

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