Moment in the Word

“The Lord said, 'These people claim to worship me, but their words are meaningless, and their hearts (motives, intentions) are somewhere else...'" Isaiah 29:13, Good News Bible
The headline above the article in the St. Louis Post Dispatch facetiously read, "'If you don't have religion, get it now...' Religious exemptions may circumvent vaccine requirements."
Sadly, the newspaper's caption is a perfect example of why we are currently in our present crisis. For too many years, we have extolled the magic mantra of "God bless America!" while living like hell, but we are now painfully learning that the Eternal Judge is no fool, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap... When they sow the wind, they will reap a storm/hurricane (Galatians 6:7, Hosea 8:7)!"
After ancient Israel tried worshipping God with meaningless words as a devious ploy, the Almighty responded, "So I will startle them with one unexpected blow after another. Those who are wise (cunning, sly) will turn out to be fools, and all their cleverness will be useless. 15Those who try to hide their plans from the LORD are doomed! They carry out their schemes in secret and think no one will see them or know what they are doing. 16 They turn everything upside down... (Isaiah 29:14-16, Good News Bible).'"
But while Ancient Israel dishonesty plotted to twist and manipulate divine justice, God promised to do a little upsetting if His own, "I will wipe out Jerusalem in the same way that a dish is wiped out and turned upside down (2 Kings 21:13)."
The time is long gone for us to play cute, deceptive games with God! America must repent!
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