“‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me;
When you heard Him whisper
in His still, small voice
did you take time to notice
did you make the choice
to incline your ear to Him
or, did you tune the Lord out
and walk away in despair?
Oh, that we would we hear
and take time to draw near
give God our full attention
no matter what the cost.
And when we get the message
whether good or bad our fate
we’ll decide it most effective
in our hearts and lives to obey.
©2 March 2020
It was an incredible sound. The explosion of pots, pans, and plates on the kitchen floor. It was quite impressive!
But it also echoed the cry of my heart earlier that morning as I sat uncomfortably on a church pew. Staring up at the screen, I read:
“This people honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.”
I knew God was speaking directly to me, and it was searing my heart, shattering it into as many jagged pieces as the plates on the kitchen tile.
Most of my life, I’ve had a relationship with God. It hurt deep down a few years ago when He revealed to me, I didn’t really know Him. I mean, how could He say that? Of course I know God. But He was as right then, as He is now. I not only didn’t know Him as I thought I did, my heart sits in a million pieces realizing how much I proclaim God outwardly, but inwardly, I am far away from Him.
I’ve been aware of it for a while now though. At least, had the inkling inside my mind I was headed on this path. There’s been a restlessness, sort of depressed state, not really understanding why I felt so alone.
Sitting in that pew I immediately began talking to the Lord, repenting of my hardened heart and my wayward spirit.
Sometimes God has to grip us hard before we submit to Him.
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8). We can’t be far away from God, and near to Him at the same time.
But He beckons me to come. And so, just as I am, I’m coming Lord.
From My Heart to Yours,
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