“Then the Lord said, “Because this people draw near with their words And honor Me with their lip service, But they remove their hearts far from Me, And their reverence for Me consists of tradition taught by men,” (29:13)
Like in many relationships, love can fade into duty or routine; saying the right things but feeling differently. We can’t fool the LORD with this, and we can’t fool ourselves forever, because it eventually comes out in actions.
Our outward display of trust may betray us first. Israel could say they trusted in YHWH, but then this:
“’Woe to the rebellious children,’ declares the LORD, ‘Who execute a plan, but not Mine, And make an alliance, but not of My Spirit, In order to add sin to sin; Who proceed down to Egypt Without consulting Me, To take refuge in the safety of Pharaoh And to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt!’” (30:1-2)
When push comes to shove, their insurance policy lies elsewhere. Egypt is the strong government they feel safe under, strangely enough.
The once place of slavery begins to look like a place of safety and familiarity.
“For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, ‘In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.’ But you were unwilling,” (30:15)
Rest is always offered, why do I ever refuse? Why would I be unwilling? Rest in the waiting. Belief empowers patience.
“Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore He exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him.” (30:18)
The classic Mr. Right vs Mr. Right Now. The LORD embodies our only hope for peace and salvation. Why run, in panic, to comforts which are empty? Governments are flimsy, enslaving; coming and going.
Have you noticed your relationship with God becoming routine? Traditional? Directed by man’s teaching? Second place to something else? Reconnect with Him today. Lean into the giver of true, eternal freedom and peace.