The Lord says:
"These people come near to me with their mouth
and honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
Their worship of me
is based on merely human rules they have been taught."__________________________
Israel's problem was what we would call "mechanical religion," meaningless, external conformity to a performance of religious things. At times God will send something that wakes you up suddenly to the drift in your life. This is why he has spoken so helpfully through the prophets and the apostles, warning us of the danger of spiritual drift and the danger of mechanically living as a Christian. God's love for us does not tolerate pretense and external worship. Do we gratefully acknowledge his wake-up calls as his loving pursuit?
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