DON’T PLAY WITH GOD
As I started to pen the words in this devotion, I could not help but think of my grandmother. She warned me repeatedly about my childish ways of mocking or playing with God. I was young and foolish and thought that my mimicking God was funny. Now that I have grown and matured, I have come to appreciate her advice. I want to be transparent and not appear self-righteous or judgmental. I must admit that I do not even like to joke about God. I have heard jokes that make fun of God that cause me to feel uneasy. We can joke about so many other things. I just believe that God deserves more reverence and respect. Our relationship with God ought to be authentic, real and pure. Honoring God is something we should all seek to do. Do not play with God or His church, but offer true worship. Today’s devotion references not playing with God and is found in Matthew 23:25:
“What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy–full of greed and self-indulgence!” Jesus, The Master Teacher, speaks about those who were playing with God. The scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, give the false impression of cleanliness. Jesus explains that on the inside, their hearts were deceitful. Their outward appearance looked good, but on the inside, they were full of iniquity. They gave the appearance of being holy and righteous. They were full of greed and the Master spoke harsh of them. Be careful not to bring the sorrow that awaited these hypocrites. Prayerfully, you are careful to clean both the outside and more importantly, the inside. Reverence the Lord in all you do.
Matthew 23:25 (NLT)