God is not impressed by beautiful buildings constructed in His name if there is no inward beauty in the hearts of those who go there. He is not interested in outward legalistic worship that is not matched by inward holiness. And it is wrong to think that God protects people just because of the religious thing they do.
Just because we’re reading the Bible, praying, and fellowshipping with other believers doesn’t mean that God is somehow then obligated to do something for us. He cannot be manipulated. The purpose of those external activities is to develop our relationship with the Lord and to help us live differently than those in the world around us. – C. P. Hia
Lord, help me to remember that You are most interested in an obedient heart. Change me when I think You’re obligated to me because of my religious acts of worship or service. Give me a pure heart. Amen.
Remember – God cannot and will not be manipulated.
- August 14, Vol. 19, Our Daily Bread