Focus Verse: You boast, “We have entered into a covenant with death, with the realm of the dead we have made an agreement. When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by, it cannot touch us, for we have made a lie our refuge and falsehood our hiding place.” (15)
Among those who do not trust in God, there are some who believe that death is their friend. God’s judgement, they say, cannot touch us in the realm of the dead. But death is actually their worst enemy, because it takes away all opportunity for them to repent and get right with God. They cannot undo their eternal doom. They find security in falsehood, safety in lies. But God offers a better way – a way of truth and light.
Focus Verse: The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.” (16)
God doesn’t want lip-worship. He wants heart-worship. Do we pray only because our parents taught us to pray? Do we go to church and sing praise songs only because we were raised that way? God doesn’t want us to worship Him out of formality or legality; He wants us to worship Him because we love and respect Him. The problem is never that God has moved far from us, but that we have moved ourselves far from God.
Focus Verse: Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— (1)
First and foremost, Paul considers himself a servant of Jesus the Christ. We also should consider ourselves the same. Christ is not our servant. We are here on earth to serve Christ by serving others. One of the best ways we can begin serving God is by finding out what He has called us to be. Paul was called to be an apostle. Among other things, I believe that God has called me to be a writer. What has God called you to be?