Thursday, November 16, 2023

More pleasing than sacrifice

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Prov 21:3 (NLT) The Lord is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices

Gideon, a new recruit in a prestigious law firm known for winning challenging cases, discovered an unsettling truth after a month of work—they achieved success through bribery. Seeking guidance, he approached Paul, a church elder, questioning the ethics of bribery. Paul's response, focused on his regular tithing, generous offerings, and charitable contributions, seemed to dismiss Gideon's concern. Wrestling with his conscience, Gideon justified his actions by convincing himself that he could now offer significant help and generous offerings in church.

However, the Lord values righteousness and justice over mere sacrifices. In the case of King Saul, God rejected both him and his offerings when he disregarded God's commandment (see 1 Samuel 15:22).

Many present-day Christians prioritize tithing, offerings, and other good deeds, yet neglect righteousness and justice. The pursuit of wealth has often led them away from truth, resulting in a lack of spiritual power.

As you navigate today, remember that God's standards of righteousness and justice remain unchanged. Only when these are met do your sacrifices, gifts, and good works become acceptable.

Pray for the grace to please God in all aspects of your life.

—Dr. James Emmanuel

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