Isaiah 66:1 Thus says the Lord: “Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest?
2 For all those things My hand has made, And all those things exist,” Says the Lord. “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word.
Micah 6:6 With what shall I come before the Lord, And bow myself before the High God? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, With calves a year old?
7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, Ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?
Throughout human history, from the offering of Cain on, men and women have sought to do something for God that they think will appease His wrath for their sin. From building immense temples to walking for miles on their knees, people have made great sacrifices to get to God. The human psyche seems to need to do something to placate (appease) God and not knowing or not wanting to accept the Bible keep doing more human works as if those works made a difference.
In both of these passages we see that God is not interested in temples nor in great amounts of sacrifices. What God wants from us is simply this: God wants our hearts broken for our sin and then, listening to His word, to walk humbly and justly before Him. The Christian church is unique in this emphasis.
The human mind is bent on doing some sort of good works to undo the sin that we commit. God knows that we cannot stop sinning and yet wants us to want to come to Him for forgiveness. In these passages God lets us clearly know that when we come to Him with humility and brokenness, trusting His word, He will accept us and will live with us.
Take some time to look at these passages and use them to examine your heart before God. Are you still bringing your works to God hoping He will think better of you or are you coming to God broken over your sin and begging Him to change your heart so you can follow Him?
In the light of the tragedy in Las Vegas, I came across two great articles that might be of help to you. The first one is from Dr. Al Mohler of Southern Baptist Seminary. The second one is from the White House Press Secretary. Satan hates life and is determined to destroy all the lives that he can. Satan is evil personified and all who act in evil are following Satan’s directives for their lives. Pray for the families of those who were mercilessly shot with no apparent reason.
I appreciate those who seek to help us make sense out of tragedy.
Pray for Caleb and Lindsey; they are in Taiwan this week on a survey trip to see if the Lord would lead them there when their contract expires in the spring.
Justin and Katelyn are starting a new ministry in Elk Grove, California next Sunday. Justin will be the senior pastor at Elk Grove Bible Church. We are excited for them and for all that God has done to make His will known to all involved.
Have a great day in the Lord,