Religious activity without righteous actuality stinks in the nostrils of God.
A consistent theme in the Scriptures is God’s people performing the outward motions of religion but their hearts being far from God. Such is the case in Isaiah. Chapter one contains a scathing rebuke and serves as a synopsis of the book.
God’s people once again found themselves offering sacrifice, having feast, burning incense, and all the while being in rebellion to God. God actually makes this statement, “I hate it” more than once through the prophet Isaiah. It stunk to God... he saw a rotting bloody mess of sin which he described as a wound not treated. God’s desire, GET CLEAN. Repent and get right with God.
You may be involved in religious activity, but my question is, “are YOU right with God?” I am not talking positionally (aka are you saved?), Isaiah spoke to God’s people. I am asking is your heart in sync with God’s... do you abhor sin and love right?
There are far too many Christian’s who are living “religious” lives, but they are not right with God. There are Christians who every week sit in a church pew, engage in their ministry, and sing hymns of praise, and yet they stink in the nostrils of God. They a wound and are unwilling to apply ointment to the open flesh to make it heal. How? How do you heal the wound? The answer is simple, and yet profound… repent and turn back to God. Fall in love with Him again fresh and new. Make Him first place in your life once again.
Some may think... “I am too far gone, God can’t...”. God’s decree to His people through Isaiah still is as potent to us today: “...though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow...”. God will forgive, but it is time to return prodigal... it is time to repent... it is time.
The People of Israel did not repent, and judgment came. Don’t make the same mistake, turn back to God while you can, repent, and experience the grace and forgiveness of God.
Daily Scripture Reading
“In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.”