Understanding God’s Nature
God is speaking in Isaiah 57:15, “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.”
He’s saying that He dwells with the person who has a contrite and humble spirit. He not only dwells with that person, he revives the spirit of that person. He “re-lifes” that person. He revives their hearts.
Until we realize who we are in and of ourselves, God can’t be to us what He longs to be. Our humility and the resulting spiritual poverty are a magnet for God. That’s His character. When we bring all of “ourselves” to the table—when we’re full of ourselves, forget it. God’s not interested. It’s not His nature. But, when we bring our spiritual poverty; when we bring our humility; when we bring our broken selves who say, “I can’t do this on my own,” He’s right there.
Being poor in spirit (Matthew 5:3) leads to the blessed kingdom of heaven rule and His reigning in our lives. When we gladly let God’s will, God’s ways, and God’s Word have their way in us, then blessing flows. That’s how it works. It’s contrary to the ways of the world with it’s self-confident, self-assurance, self-sufficiency, and selfishness. Self, self and self don’t lead us to spiritual poverty and blessedness. Neither Mary (Luke 1:48) nor Paul (Philippians 3:7) were thinking of themselves when they submitted to God’s way and His will for their lives. Instead, they understood His nature. They brought spiritual poverty to him and they were blessed.