Therefore the Lord said: “Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths And honor Me with their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me, And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men,Therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work Among this people, A marvelous work and a wonder; For the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, And the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden.”Woe to those who seek deep to hide their counsel far from the Lord, And their works are in the dark; They say, “Who sees us?” and, “Who knows us?”Surely you have things turned around! Shall the potter be esteemed as the clay; For shall the thing made say of him who made it, “He did not make me”? Or shall the thing formed say of him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?Is it not yet a very little while Till Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, And the fruitful field be esteemed as a forest?In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, And the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness.The humble also shall increase their joy in the Lord, And the poor among men shall rejoice In the Holy One of Israel.For the terrible one is brought to nothing, The scornful one is consumed, And all who watch for iniquity are cut off –Who make a man an offender by a word, And lay a snare for him who reproves in the gate, And turn aside the just by empty words.Therefore thus says the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob: “Jacob shall not now be ashamed, Nor shall his face now grow pale; But when he sees his children, The work of My hands, in his midst, They will hallow My name, And hallow the Holy One of Jacob, And fear the God of Israel.
I should shut my mouth, if my heart doesn't Love God
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The people of Israel talked the talk, as the saying goes. They spoke of the Lord and their words made it seem that they were true followers of the God of Israel. Yet, God knew their hearts. He knew that, in reality, they were far from Him. He knew that His people, instead, liked to listen to the commandments of men. But God promises a new thing! The teaching of men that led astray shall be taken away. For these men think that God cannot see them and that their deeds are in secret yet God promises that the deaf will hear and the blind see - which is to say, He will bring understanding to His people and to those who are humble of heart.I must examine my heart and make sure that I do not honor the Lord with my lips only. Indeed, it may be better to say nothing at all and, simply follow Him. My heart must be affixed on the Lord and then my actions will show this affinityMay my actions this day reveal my love for the Lord and may I always hallow His Name for it is holy. Amen.