Lord, help me hear Your very heartbeat and move in step with You. I don't want to offer meaningless sacrifice.
What is at the heart of God's desire expressed here?
From God's point of view it couldn't be simpler. He says to his children, "I love you and I know what is best for you! So just do what I say and all will go fine" (23)! But, like kids can tend to feel, we prefer to do things our way. Sure, keep up on going to church and giving in the collection (21,22), but the rest is mine.
Actually God has the right to guide us, because he has delivered us from bondage (22) and made us his people. Without him we are just individual slaves. And it's not that God has neglected his duty in bringing us up. "Day after day, again and again" (25) he has reminded us of how to live so that "it may go well" with us (23). But at the end of the day he will not force us to live the right way. If we insist on ignoring his correction and believing lies (28), he will leave us to walk the path we have chosen, even though it leads to disgrace and destruction.
Ask God if there are areas in which you are offering self-chosen sacrifices rather than giving God your obedience.
Lord, help me come to You with a sincere heart. Help me to do what You say and not deceive myself when I don't.
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