Heart’s hunger draws into the deep.
It finds solace in the embrace.
Flesh’s craving lures to the shoals.
It finds discontent in its catch.
So, rest and see that He is good.
When He is found, then favor comes.
“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 listen than the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel 16:22)
No matter how you massage it or mold it, religion never works. There exists no sacrifice big enough to win God’s heart. He is not wooed, as some suppose, by the aroma of burning flesh. His favor is not increased because you drew His attention to your altar.
It’s simpler than that: God simply speaks, and the faithful listen.
In truth, religion (the working of spiritual strategies to gain favor) does not reveal our devotion to the Lord. It actually undermines it. The religious mind doesn’t think in terms of relationship, but in terms of contractual obligation for mutual gain – that’s a business.
Being sensitized to a voice, on the other hand, requires something more than a momentary sacrifice. It demands our heart. As in relationship, only a heart given can appropriate the heart of another.
Today, don’t worry about what you might have left out in devotion to the Lord…that search will never come to an end. He’s already for you. Consider what He’s saying, and yield to that.