God may have his throne in heaven where he’s busy giving orders to his angels and listening to them when they report back to him, but it’s a comfort to know he still makes it a point to spiritually dwell in those of us who are his people as we dwell spiritually in him. As holy and powerful as he is, he could be aloof and not bothered with us if he wanted to. However, here’s what he told Isaiah:
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. Isaiah 57:15
The Lord is not only pleased to live in the high and holy place, it pleases him to live with anyone who is humble enough to acknowledge their sin and who reaches out to him in repentance. When they are contrite and humble, they open up themselves to give him the opportunity to revive their spirit and their heart, which he happily does. In the process of reviving his people, the following benefits also occur:
I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners. I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord; and I will heal him. Isaiah 57:18-19
When he sees the contrite and humble ways of a person, their spirit man and their conscience, or mind, gets healed–which can also be accompanied by a physical healing in some cases. That person will find that the Lord gives them direction and purpose in life, restoring spiritual comfort to them. The spiritual comfort they receive is also extended to others who may have mourned over the person’s situation if something bad happened. Such healing ushers in the peace of knowing that everything is fine between them and the Lord. At the end of Isaiah 57, Jehovah offers the following contrast about those who aren’t humble:
But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked. Isaiah 57:20-21
Wherever we see people who are intentionally stirring up unrest anywhere in the world to unjustifiably hurt people, it’s because they have unresolved wickedness preventing them from experiencing God’s peace. Therefore, their nature is to muddy the waters and spread dirt like a troubled sea.
Praise the Lord for everyone who has put on genuine humility to be revived and healed in the Lord to experience his peace.