Nov 28 Daily Rhythm
“If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine. Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats? Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”
Notice that last sentence. I will deliver you and you shall glorify me. Sometimes if we are honest we desire a one way relationship with God (and others for that matter) we expect to have our needs met. But the relationship goes both ways. Deliverance leads us to glorify God. Which is actually also in our best interest and leads to greater deliverance, which leads to greater glory. Get yourself in that cycle today.
But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to recite my statutes or take my covenant on your lips? For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you. If you see a thief, you are pleased with him, and you keep company with adulterers.
The word “discipleship” derives from discipline. Being a learner, and constantly growing is how one can tell if we belong in the covenant. Ask yourself today, “am I a learner? am i growing?” If you are reading this you probably are. Now rest knowing that your failures are covered by the gospel of Grace.
“You give your mouth free rein for evil, and your tongue frames deceit. You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother’s son. These things you have done, and I have been silent; you thought that I was one like yourself. But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you.
God can be demanding toward those who consider themselves covenant participants, yet do not participate in the covenant. How can we call ourselves and others to deeper levels of commitment?