Sunday, August 29, 2010

Let’s play pretend!

Ezekiel 33:31

So my people come pretending to be sincere and sit before you. They listen to your words, but they have no intention of doing what you say. Their mouths are full of lustful words, and their hearts seek only after money.

When you were growing up did you ever play pretend? I was always pretending to be a teacher or a mom; who was outstanding (in my mind) at both. We would play for hours pretending to be neighbors or students with switching roles. In one commentary, it said the people come sitting like students at the rabbi's feet pretending to "do the delights of God." Imagine, oops it went on to say much like today's church! Ouch…

Do you go on Sunday morning looking all churchy with your Sunday clothes on pull up screaming at your family open the door and you are all smiles? Do you have a fight with your spouse leave them at home, but act all proper when you arrive at church? Do you pretend to listen to the sermon and your mind is already at work on Monday morning? Do you let your hair down? Are you real?

God knows whether we are real or not…just like here. He even went on to say that they hear, but they don't do it! Ouch, again! We hear and know it is the truth, but we still go our own way. Imagine, we think we know better than God. When it is written down like this it makes us look pretty bad, doesn't it? It makes us look like those grumbling, mumbling, never happy Israelites…doesn't it? Will things ever change?

Forgive us Father when we fail you. Thank you for loving us so much that you point out when we are pretending in our spirit. You point out when we aren't listening and we stumble and fall, but you help us back up. Thank you for loving us so much Father. Amen

Sweet blessings,


1 comment:

Frankie said...

Debbie, you know we have talked about how we are no different. We don't have to look any farther than ourselves to see the same behavior. We are a wretched bunch it seems, always thinking we know what is best and disregarding what God has told us.

In Jeremiah 44:16-17, the "crowd" answered Jeremiah, which seems the same to me as saying to God, "We will not listen to your message.... We will do whatever we want." We are the same today.

Please have mercy on us, Lord. Help us to stop pretending and turn from our wicked ways and follow You.