Ritual will always mean throwing away something: destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods. • G. K. Chesterton
- Luke 6:17-26
- Philippians 3:10-14
- Psalms 119:161-168
- 2 Kings 16-17
You could read the Beattitudes of Jesus over and over again and never run out of things that speak to your heart. These are attitudes which we, as followers of Jesus, should seek to have “be” in our lives. In them we are exhorted to have a kingdom perspective.
We will never fully arrive, attain all that the Lord has for us, until we are with Him. That is how much of Him there is to discover. In light of this wonderful, and at times frustrating truth, we must press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
What goes through your mind and heart as you read God’s word? Do you rejoice as one who had found great treasure? I confess that there are times when I do not. It it in those times that I realize I am just reading it to say that I have, rather than reading it expecting to discover His riches for my life.
What kind of leader would place his child in the red hot arms of a stone or metal false god? A leader with no regard for the Creator of life. Great calamity comes upon those who stiffen their next against the truths of God. We can only imagine the judgement that will come upon us as a nation, for our rejection of His truths.
Dear God, have mercy on us. Not because we deserve your mercy, but because you are a merciful God. Break our hearts in those things that break yours, that we might live lives that reflect that we are your precious children. In Jesus name…amen.