I have not missed with this regularity in the past years. Thus the reality of this situation is causing me to reflect again on why I am doing this blog in the first place. Originally, it was an act of obedience. It seemed to me that the Lord was asking me to do this, that has not changed – at least I do not sense that it has. But…
Over time, I am beginning to wonder if I have lost who my audience was meant to be, the Lord. My assignment was to write for Him. In obedience to Him.
I was reading through Jeremiah 7 a day or so ago, the chapter rocked me. The nation had slipped into a deceptive pattern. They were following the Law, bringing sacrifices to the temple, they were doing what the Law said they were supposed to do, but the Lord was not pleased.
It seems that they got the means confused with the end. This became clear for me in Jeremiah 7:22 – 23. God reminds Israel that He did not ask for offerings and sacrifices when He brought the nation out of Egypt. He just asked them to follow Him.
The Law with which they were obsessed came later. Israel became focused on the Law, keeping it, and lost somewhere along the way the real assignment, follow God, be in relationship with Him.
I think at some level I drift into that mentality from time to time. I go to church as an end. Being there, singing the worship songs, listening and taking notes on the message or class becomes the extent of my activity. It is about being in the building, doing the “Christian” things. But God says He wants obedience, He wants me to follow Him, He is after and always has been after, relationship. He wanted Israel’s heart; He wants mine.
So I will follow Him in the next four weeks. I may not be here as much as I usually am. But I will be with Him.