Isaiah 66 has our prophet ending his book with a powerful start – reminding us of the greatness of God and just how different we are as mere man. “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest”. God puts things back into proper perspective. We can never understand much of anything until we understand that God is sitting on His throne in heaven, and that the earth is under His complete and total command – indeed, the earth is His footstool!
Here’s the reality of our universe. “All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the Lord”. God is Creator and Author of all. There is nothing that has come about He was not part of. We as man, try to do things to please or serve Him. But here God makes it clear what He is looking for in man. “But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word”. We may want to serve God – but serve Him our way. We tend to focus on ourselves rather than God. What God really wants from us is a humble and a contrite spirit, and to tremble at His Word.
God is going to judge all mankind. He will deal with those who have chosen to ignore Him or mistreat His own. He’s paying attention. Nothing passes Him without notice. We don’t get away with things He doesn’t see. There is a price for disobedience and wrong choices which is sin. “For I know their works and their thoughts, and the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and shall see my glory”. God hasn’t lost control and the day is coming when He will take control and claim His glory and the power of His throne.
When He exercises His place as God of this Universe, “they shall declare my glory among the nations”. It won’t be a subdued day. “The new heavens and the new earth that I make shall remain before me”. It will be a glorious day when God’s power will reign and His glory will be on full display. Those who have chosen to walk with Christ and accept His grace will be part of that day. For others, the outcome looks bleak. “And they shall go out and look on the dead bodies of the men who have rebelled against me”. We have a choice with a very real and eternal outcome. What will you do with Jesus Christ and your sin?