“And so the Lord says, ‘These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.” Isaiah 29:13
This verse is so beautiful. It uncovers the attribute about God that sets him apart from all other gods and religions: his love for us. We live in a world that tells us God isn’t real, doesn’t love us, and yet screams for affection, worth and relationship. And standing and waiting, is a loving God that, above anything else, asks for our hearts. Does he want our time? Yes. Does he want our obedience? Totally. But he doesn’t want lip service, he wants our affections and the true worship that comes out of it.
“So the Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for his help.” 30:18
These verses compel me to think about how I’m reflecting God to the world. What do they know about him from how I act? Do they think he’s a dictator implementing harsh rules that I must mindlessly follow or else? Or do they know that he romances us. That he waits for us, so he can show us his unrelenting mercy over and over again. Jesus tells us that people will know what God we serve by how we love one another.
What do your actions tell the world about God’s love?