Worthless People, Worthless Service – Living Water Daily Devotional
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Wednesday, January 6, 2021.
WORTHLESS PEOPLE, WORTHLESS SERVICE.
Read Isaiah 1:1-13
1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth! For the LORD has spoken: “I have nourished and brought up children, And they have rebelled against Me;
3 The ox knows its owner And the donkey its master’s crib; But Israel does not know, My people do not consider.”
4 Alas, sinful nation, A people laden with iniquity, A brood of evildoers, Children who are corrupters! They have forsaken the LORD, They have provoked to anger The Holy One of Israel, They have turned away backward.
5 Why should you be stricken again? You will revolt more and more. The whole head is sick, And the whole heart faints.
6 From the sole of the foot even to the head, There is no soundness in it, But wounds and bruises and putrefying sores; They have not been closed or bound up, Or soothed with ointment.
7 Your country is desolate, Your cities are burned with fire; Strangers devour your land in your presence; And it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.
8 So the daughter of Zion is left as a booth in a vineyard, As a hut in a garden of cucumbers, As a besieged city.
9 Unless the LORD of hosts Had left to us a very small remnant, We would have become like Sodom, We would have been made like Gomorrah.
10 Hear the word of the LORD, You rulers of Sodom; Give ear to the law of our God, You people of Gomorrah:
11 “To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me?” Says the LORD. “I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams And the fat of fed cattle. I do not delight in the blood of bulls, Or of lambs or goats.
12 “When you come to appear before Me, Who has required this from your hand, To trample My courts?
13 Bring no more futile sacrifices; Incense is an abomination to Me. The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies— I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting.
Who is there even among you who would shut the doors, so that you would not Kindle fire on My altar in vain? I have no pleasure in you,” says the Lord of hosts “Nor will I accept an offering from your hands. (Malachi 1:10)
Everyone wants the best of life, including the wicked. God Himself desires to have the best of humans as His children, and that is why He is doing everything necessary to satisfy us daily. Is this always working out for Him? The Isrealites, amongst the rest of the world enjoyed God’s special providence, yet did not reciprocate in putting up encouraging habits.
What is the need for the sacrifices and rituals by the Lord’s people that are devoid of obedience and genuine repentance? God does not have pleasure in it. What has God not done for His own special people (Deut. 29:4-8; 1 Pet. 2:9)?
But it is a pity how is the God-loved children made themselves worthless before Him and the whole world. How can God’s people become worthless? By forsaking Him for another thing; sinning with impunity, despising Him, serving idols, oppressing one another, being ungrateful, and no amount of disciplinary measures suffices to bring them to order.
Today’s Church is not different, despite the sophisticated and modern ways of worship to their own shame. We have all left God in the threshold while dancing nakedly to songs formed from the pit of hell. Our disgusting attitudes, and outlook have sent God away farther from the Church. We confess Him openly to deny Him in our closets.
We want to please ourselves at the expense of God, carry offerings to the altar in a celebrated way even when our hearts are not right with Him. It is high time we came back to our senses and return to the Creator. Remember that glorious morning will soon be here!
- Lord, please have mercy on me and forgive me where I have given You anything less than quality – money, service, time.
- Lord, have mercy on our youths and children who are being taken away by development in technology that tends to change the ancient landmark of our fathers in faith.
- O Lord, return to our services as we have resolved to give You our best as a people and Church.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:
Genesis 13:2-16:2; Matthew 5:21-5:42.
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