Is God Getting Your Best?
When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the Lord Almighty.
Observation – What does it say?
Under the old covenant or the law, Israel was forgiven and accepted by God because of their sacrifices to him. God is calling them out for offering unacceptable sacrifices. They wouldn’t be okay with offering a lame or diseased animal to their governor, but they were willing to offer them to God.
It was as though they were devoting their best animals to other things and giving God what was left over: the blind, diseased and lame. And, it obviously displeased God.
Understanding – What does it mean?
I felt convicted reading this. How often do I give God my leftovers? Last Sunday we looked at the parable of the sower and the thorny soil. These people allow the pursuit of wealth and other desires to crowd out what God desires to do in them. I don’t want Jesus to get put to the sidelines, to seek him when it’s convenient or as I’m falling asleep at night. I don’t want to make sharing my faith or encouraging others something that I’ll try to get around to, all the while giving the best of my time and energy to other things.
God deserves and desires our best… he’s jealous for it.
God, please keep us from keeping the best of our time, energy and resources for other things. Show us the areas we have been trying to offer you the lame and diseased leftovers and what it looks like for us to give you our best. Thank you for giving your best for us. Amen.