Tired of Our Mess

          In Old Testament times, when one of the children ofIsraelsinned and needed forgiveness, he was required to take bulls, goats, sheep, pigeons, or other animals to the temple to have them sacrificed. After years of doing this, the system had become perfunctory. In other words, the people were doing it, but with no true contrition and no real intention of turning from their sin. God got sick of that; He was tired of their mess.

          The prophet Isaiah begins his book speaking to this problem. Isaiah1:11and 13 say, “…I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs or goats… Bring no more futile sacrifice… I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting” (NKJ).

          Although sick and tired of their mess, our gracious God offered a remedy for the problem. “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow. ‘Come now, and let us reason together,’ says the LORD, ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword’; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken” Isaiah 1:16-20 (NKJ).

           Is there anything we do in service to God that has become just a duty with no thought of real meaning? Are we offering our tithes, prayers, and praise on Sunday, but acting out of Christian character by Tuesday? Hear God say to us today, “Put away the evil of your doings, learn to do good.” Be willing and obedient and enjoy the good of the land.

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©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.

~ by sanewriter on September 10, 2011.

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