Heart Service Not Lip Service

Today’s Reading – Isaiah 29-30

And so the Lord says, “These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote. Because of this, I will once again astound these hypocrites with amazing wonders. The wisdom of the wise will pass away, and the intelligence of the intelligent will disappear.” What sorrow awaits those who try to hide their plans from the Lord, who do their evil deeds in the dark! “The Lord can’t see us,” they say. “He doesn’t know what’s going on!” How foolish can you be? He is the Potter, and he is certainly greater than you, the clay! Should the created thing say of the one who made it, “He didn’t make me”? Does a jar ever say, “The potter who made me is stupid”? (Isaiah 29:13-16 NLT)

Israel said that they worshipped The Lord, but their hearts did not. Their worship was nothing more than man-made rules. Does that sound like us today? Isaiah’s words ring true today. Like Israel, we say we worship The Lord and desire His favor on our lives. Yet, we don’t obey, don’t listen to His instruction, don’t obey with our hearts. Can our fate be much different from the nation of Israel?

Application to me – How well do I worship? It is difficult. I have so many things running through my head, it is hard to focus. I have to make an intentional effort to put distractions aside and focus on God. Not always easy but always beneficial.

Warren Weeks – August 21, 2013

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