January 12 Ignoring God

Scripture reading: Psalm 40:1–8

Key verse: 1 Samuel 15:22

Samuel said: “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.”

What happens when you ignore God? In your mind, do you picture Him just walking away, looking forlorn and rejected? Or do you have a mental image of God getting mad at you and banishing you to forty years of wilderness wandering?

Neither is correct. God loves you perfectly, and His love for you is not based on your obedience. Though He tells us in His Word that obedience is better than sacrifice, the thing that God wants most from you is a love that comes from your heart.

He doesn’t stop loving you just because you do something wrong. None of us can earn God’s love by being good or trying to be perfect. We do not have the ability to be either of these on our own. We need a Savior. And that is why Jesus came to die for you and me. He does the very thing that you cannot do for yourself. He makes you acceptable in God’s eyes.

When we ignore the Lord, we are the ones who suffer and miss a great opportunity for blessing. God is not a strong and mighty taskmaster who waits for us to do something wrong so He can pounce on us. He is a loving God who listens for our cry.

When He draws you to Himself, He uses love, not a rod of thunder. God knows once you drink of His love, the world’s appeal will fade. Give Him your heart, and you will be blessed by what you receive from Him.

Lord, here is my heart. Let me drink of Your love. Let the appeal of this world fade.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2002). Seeking His face (p. 13). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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