Isaiah 1:1, 10-15
Here the word of the Lord,
you rulers of Sodom; listen to the instruction of our God, you people of Gomorrah!
11 “The multitude of your sacrifices— what are they to me?” says the Lord. “I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats. 12 When you come to appear before me, who has asked this of you, this trampling of my courts? 13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me. New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations— I cannot bear your worthless assemblies. 14 Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festivals I hate with all my being. They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them. 15 When you spread out your hands in prayer, I hide my eyes from you; even when you offer many prayers, I am not listening.
Devotion by Laurie Spencer
“I HAVE HAD IT WITH YOU KIDS!” I can still hear my mother 60 years ago raising her voice over of the arguments and fights that streamed continuously between my older brothers and myself. Every time she turned around we were often doing something we shouldn’t be doing, and at her breaking points we heard her explode in anger or frustration.
I don’t blame my Mom for this. I did it myself when I raised my son. There are times when we look at our kids and we say where did that come from!? Where did they learn to do these things? And according to Isaiah’s prophecy this is what the Lord is grappling with in this passage.
The sacrifices and rituals the Jews were offering to appease them of their guilt over their way of life meant nothing to Father Mother God. God’s message is so simple.
Tomorrow’s daily devotion talks about what is expected of us. Today is just the “I HAVE HAD IT” moment. The clear message that God has reached a breaking point with his children.
Father, Mother God, loving me, I know, like those who have come before me, that I have let you down. My prayer is for more compassion and action. Help me to weave into my life more of what you expect of me.