Flippant “love”

by Rev Jason Phua

Bible Readings: Hosea 6:1-9:17; Proverbs 29:12-14

READ (Verse chosen for reflection)
Hosea 6:4 “What shall I do with you, O Ephraim? What shall I do with you, O Judah? Your love is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes early away.”

REFLECT
Through the prophet Hosea, God lamented upon the hearts of His people, whose love was like a “morning cloud, like dew that goes early away”. We can say what we want with our lips or do what is necessary to gather praise; but the Lord is clear as day upon how we truly feel inside our hearts. Is our love for Him like the morning cloud? Or are we steadfast in our love for the Lord as He so desires? In some ways, it is heartening to know that God desires steadfast love even as He loves us first. He is not treating our relationship with Him like some like to do – merely transactional and like a barter trade.

RELATE
How is my love for my Lord? I must confess that it is not steadfast all the time and need the grace of God to help me. I can recall moments in my life when at one moment, I can be in such passion for the Lord but at the next moment, I chose to withdraw! Oh how wretched and flippant is my soul! The human condition is truly in need of salvation and being saved each and every day. I thank God that I still hear His voice in convicting me to change for the better. May He who is able help me to be more steadfast in my love for Him; He who loves me in much much greater measure.

REST
Lord our God, you know our hearts. Help us to cultivate steadfast love through in the Spirit and in truth. Amen.

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Day 114

by Rev Joel Yong

1 Chronicles 13:1-4
David consulted with the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, with every leader. And David said to all the assembly of Israel, If it seems good to you and from the Lord our God, let us send abroad to our brothers who remain in all the lands of Israel, as well as to the priests and Levites in the cities that have pasturelands, that they may be gathered to us. Then let us bring again the ark of our God to us, for we did not seek it in the days of Saul. All the assembly agreed to do so, for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.

They had good intentions but bad follow through.
They wanted to worship God but were sloppy in their conduct as if God would be content with their half-hearted efforts.

1 Chronicles 13:5-10
So David assembled all Israel from the Nile of Egypt to Lebo-hamath, to bring the ark of God from Kiriath-jearim. And David and all Israel went up to Baalah, that is, to Kiriath-jearim that belongs to Judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the name of the Lord who sits enthroned above the cherubim. And they carried the ark of God on a new cart, from the house of Abinadab, and Uzzah and Ahio were driving the cart. And David and all Israel were rejoicing before God with all their might, with song and lyres and harps and tambourines and cymbals and trumpets. And when they came to the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzzah put out his hand to take hold of the ark, for the oxen stumbled. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he put out his hand to the ark, and he died there before God.

Instead of Levites carrying the ark- they used oxen.
Instead of revering the Ark, Uzzah actually thought he could touch it.

In the end what was supposed to be a worship event became a judgment against Israel … Uzzah was struck dead for his irreverence.

When we gather to worship God, what do we bring?
Our best or just our make-do efforts?
The difference matters because God is no beggar nor is His Church a charity that should be tossed leftovers in terms of time, talents, finances.

To do so, reveals the place God has in our hearts, regardless of how we claim with our lips to love him.

When kids say to their parents “I love you” but follows it with disrespectful behavior the next moment- it shows.
The same I would contend- applies to our relationship with God.