Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Isaiah 29:13 -- On Sincerity and Worship

"Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:"
Isaiah 29:13

I think we are often like this.  We say the right things, or the things that we think that we should say, but we lack internal commitment.  We understand God only through what people have said about him, but we haven't gotten to know him personally.  It isn't necessarily a bad thing... it's often that we just haven't learned yet to see past a shallow view of religion and understand the reality underneath.  It is a good thing to work on, however, whether we think that we have a good relationship with God or not.  Who can't benefit from learning a little more sincerity, a little more truth, and developing a closer relationship with God?
Today, let's think a little more about what we're saying when we talk about God.  Let's think about where our hearts are in relationship to God... and let's go directly to God through prayer and scripture study to learn about him rather than relying only on what others say.  Let's understand who we worship, and why, and work on internalizing the gospel and living what we believe.

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