The multitude of your sacrifices—what are they to me?” says the Lord. “I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.
— Isaiah 1:11 (NIV)
In today’s scripture, God says that His people have obeyed Him with their actions, while indicating that what He really wants is obedience from the heart. True obedience to God is not about legalistically obeying His teachings, but about obeying with a good attitude and pure motives, out of love for Him.
The enemy tries to trap people in legalism, telling them that they must obey God in order for Him to accept them. This is a lie! God loves and accepts us unconditionally, all the time, no matter what. We don’t have to do anything to earn His love, but we do have a chance to obey Him as a way of responding to His great love.
We should obey God all the time, whether we want to do it or not, and we are better off when we obey with a good attitude. I want to encourage you today to come up higher in your obedience and to make sure your heart is right toward God in everything you do. Ask Him to give you pure motives, an open heart to hear His voice and know what He would have you do, prompt obedience rooted in love, and the desire to honor Him in your life. A lifestyle of pure-hearted obedience to God always brings blessings.
Prayer of the Day: Father, help me to obey You not only with my actions but in my heart. In Jesus’ name, amen.