Isaiah 65-66, 1 Timothy 2 • Key Verse: Isaiah 66:3
The world has its heroes. We find them in action figures, on trading cards, posters, Web sites and
newsletters. From athletes to entertainers, from politicians to authors, people have their heroes,
those whom they admire. They may like the sound of their voice, the emotions they invoke, the
skills they possess or perhaps something as superficial as how the person looks.
If you could meet one person who is alive today, or get his autograph, or spend some time with
that person, who would it be? And why?
Now contrast that with the kind of person whom God esteems. It may surprise you that anyone
would have Gods respect, but there is such a person. ‘“This is the one I esteem: he who is humble
and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word”’ (66:2). Earning God’s esteem is not a matter of
looks, abilities or talent but of character.
Since character counts, being esteemed by God is within reach of all of us. If it were based on
ability, talent or attractiveness, we could not all attain it. Remember that man looks on the outside,
but God on the inside. While many are driven to earn the esteem and respect of others, our priority
should be to gain that from God. So, work on humility, being contrite and responsive to the Word
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Is your character like the person’s who is esteemed by God? Write out this verse and meditate on
it today, asking God to help you be one whom He esteems.
Woodrow kroll & Tony beckett