“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.”
Isaiah 29:13 NLT
The people claimed to be close to God, but they were disobedient and merely went through the motions; therefore, God would bring judgment upon them. Religion had become routine instead of real. Jesus quoted Isaiah’s condemnation of Israel’s hypocrisy when he spoke to the Pharisees, the religious leaders of his day (Matthew 15:7-9; Mark 7:6-7). We are all capable of hypocrisy. Often we slip into routine patterns when we worship, and we neglect to give God our love and devotion. If we want to be called God’s people, we must be obedient and worship him honestly and sincerely. (Tyndale study Bible)
Remember that day you fell in love. The whole world came to a standstill. There was only one thing you focussed on. The person you fell in love with was your everything.
I remember this as well. To be a champion athlete you need to have an intense burning desire to be a Champion. Coaches and athletes will tell you if you don’t eat sleep and drink the game or sport, you will amount to nothing.
Have you heard this saying “talk is cheap.” Yes, I am sure you have. Have you seen it in action? Well let me tell you this, I have made myself guilty of this many times. Talking is the easy part, doing is the thing that takes discipline.
The scripture says, “but their hearts are far from me.” How many times have spoken out against your Boss? Yes, we have all done it. The Bible is very clear in Romans 13:1-2 NLT “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished.”
Everything in this world is placed there by God. It is not for us to question. So the moral of the story is live by God’s rules. Don’t conveniently forget from time to time.
Love God with all your heart.
“Lord I pray that I follow you wholeheartedly. May I honor You with my lips and my heart. Cleanse my heart. In Jesus name. Amen.”