An inverted triangle. An immense inverted triangle. That’s the picture that forms in my mind’s eye as I hover over a verse in Isaiah this morning. The base of the triangle is above the earth . . . way above the earth . . . like, really, really high above the earth . . . so high it eclipses even the universe. What’s more, the base of the triangle is long . . . as in, so long I can’t see the ends of it from my vantage point. I don’t know where the line starts and it goes on forever. And from that base, from the ends which I can’t see and from the height which I can’t fathom, two lines are drawn to the earth, descending way down to connect at a point. And at that point, me. And as I imagine that simple picture I’m in awe. Because that’s where God lives.
For thus says the One Who is high and lifted up, Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.” (Isaiah 57:15 ESV)
The Spirit through Isaiah provides three coordinates that triangulate where God lives.
First He inhabits eternity. His timeline is without start and has no finish. In fact, He is beyond time . . . time being something He created. Thus, He is the Alpha and the Omega . . . the first and the last . . . the beginning and the end (Rev. 22:13). From everlasting to everlasting is where our God abides. Immortality within Himself. Beyond comprehension. That’s the line that defines the base of the triangle that reaches from horizon to horizon above me.
Second, He is the high and lifted up One. Want to see God, look up . . . look way up. With the eyes of faith enter the heavenlies where He is seated on His throne. He is above the earth. Higher than its rulers and powers. Transcending the confines of this orb. Exalted above all creation. Beyond anything we’ve been able to see. That line which marks the habitation of eternity is beyond the reach of mere mortals. But, as I’m being reminded this morning, it’s not beyond our knowledge of it.
And that’s what makes this third coordinate all the them more amazing. While God inhabits eternity . . . while He is high and lifted up . . . He has also purposed to live “with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit.”
He who dwells outside of time has decided to enter time and space. He whose throne is above the earth, has determined to set foot on terra firma.
He did it 2,000 years ago when He came born of virgin to die as the Lamb of God. When He who created all things and sustains all things, entered into that creation so that, through His perfect life and substitutionary sacrifice, He might make way for its redemption. Shedding His visible glory. Becoming man, confined by time and walking this earth, so that He might become our faithful High Priest . . . risen, ascended, and even now, at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us.
But He does it now too. He enters our time and descends into our space through the mysterious working of His Holy Spirit. The high and lifted up, eternity dwelling God graciously takes up residence with those who have humbled themselves before Him.
That’s where God lives.
By His grace . . . and for His glory.