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Upside Down & Backwards


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 made up only of rules taught by men." - Isaiah 29:13 Isaiah 29 speaks of a people that were not living with a true love or respect of God. They were doing and saying the right things, worshipping by following the "rules taught by men." However, their hearts were far from God and their worship was not pleasing to Him. They did not have a RIGHT view of God.  This picture of a disengaged people is contrasted when we look at Psalm 62 where it talks about God as "my salvation," "my rock," and "my hope." This passage rightly describes God and a humble heart that is surrendered to Him, a heart that understands that in God alone will our souls find rest. Without Him, we are hopeless, nothing.  We all go through times of behaving like the people in Isaiah 29. Our view of God gets skewed sometimes. We may go through the motions of engaging with God, but our hearts are not truly engaged or in awe of Him. At times, we may not feel like we understand or trust God, so we don't truly surrender to Him as the sovereign Creator and Sustainer.  Reading these passages and coming off of vacation, I am reflecting on a few different points. One of them is this...  God is more sovereign than I understand, and I can trust Him completely. This truth reminds me that I NEED to continue to engage with Him even when I don't understand, when I don't feel like it, or when I'm confused. The bottom line is that God IS SOVEREIGN and He IS TRUSTWORTHY, and by grace, I can persevere by standing on this truth. 


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