We have a stirring challenge and sharp reminder this morning! God's rebuke of Jerusalem in Isaiah... God's people don't really change all that much from century to century!
Today's readings: 2 Thess 3, Isaiah 29-30, Psalm 119:1-32
"Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths and honor me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far from Me, and the fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men, therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work among these people, a marvelous work and a wonder; for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden." -Isaiah 29:13-14 (New King James Version)
The Master said:
"These people make a big show of saying the right thing, but their hearts aren't in it. Because they act like they're worshiping me but don't mean it, I'm going to step in and shock them awake, astonish them, stand them on their ears. The wise ones who had it all figured out will be exposed as fools. The smart people who thought they knew everything will turn out to know nothing." -Isaiah 29:13-14 (The Message)
Thursday through Saturday should be spent getting excited for the Sabbath, and Sunday through Wednesday should be spent remembering how you were refreshed and blessed on the Sabbath. Our whole week ought to revolve around the Sabbath! So prepare your hearts- make your relationships right- get excited about worshiping God this week! Can't wait to see you on Sunday!
May we all echo the Psalmist when he says: "With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!" -Psalm 119:10