One of the most frustrating principles that God has addressed through the years, is the truth that simply obeying and following him is the greatest gift we can give. So often, we fail and we seek his forgiveness with promises of great sacrifices that we will make in order to make it up to him. We get all proud that we have shown God we are sorry, never considering that our sin is crushing to God.
How little comfort do we actually feel when someone does wrong to us, and then says they are sorry. Truthfully, genuine remorse and repentance are appreciated, but, we would still rather be treated the proper way–than to have a huge apology. God is the same. He provided the sacrificial system for Israel to give them opportunity to change their hearts. Sacrifices were meant to show them the cost of their sin and the fact that their sin impacted other aspects and lives in their world.
Sadly, then and now, we would rather live independent of God and say sorry periodically–than to simply trust and follow him. He says to us, “Your cavalier apologies ring hollow without a change in heart or behavior. I love you, my people, please simply obey–it is a far greater gift than any bull, lamb or bird you throw in a fire.”
If we could grasp that principle in our lives, then we would begin to see his grace and power unleashed. We would finally experience the abundant life he has provided. Help me, Lord, to seek, follow and trust you–rather than say I’m sorry ten times a day.
God Bless You
“Listen, my people, and I will speak;
I will testify against you, Israel:
I am God, your God.
8 I bring no charges against you concerning your sacrifices
or concerning your burnt offerings, which are ever before me.
9 I have no need of a bull from your stall
or of goats from your pens,
10 for every animal of the forest is mine,
and the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know every bird in the mountains,
and the insects in the fields are mine.
12 If I were hungry I would not tell you,
for the world is mine, and all that is in it.
13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls
or drink the blood of goats?
14 “Sacrifice thank offerings to God,
fulfill your vows to the Most High,
15 and call on me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”