Romans 10:2-3 I know what enthusiasm they have for God, but it is misdirected zeal. For they don’t understand God’s way of making people right with himself. Refusing to accept God’s way, they cling to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law. (NLT)
This is the very essence of our sin nature – passion and zeal do not produce faith or devotion; they should be the result based upon God’s Word and Christ’s sacrifice. Many are enthusiastic and hopeful for God’s bountiful provision but refuse to understand the more important work of personal holiness.
Much of our Christian activity is designed to produce participation, enthusiasm, and excitement – unfortunately we often neglect the valuable characteristics of humility, brokenness, and contrition. God has less concern for our ‘creature comfort’ than our spiritual growth.
The dilemma is not designed by God; it is produced in the lives of those who fail to accept the highest priority of our calling – to make us right with God. The acts of God in and around us – both pleasant and difficult – are provided by God to teach us the eternal value of His ways. The acts of God clearly display His eternal sovereignty – the ways of God reveal His infinite love and desire to call us His children. Ps 103:7 He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. Israel did not lack enthusiasm or zeal, but it was misguided by their unwillingness to obey. Mankind has ever tried to designed ways to appease and please God – our best intentions are useless if they are not based upon what God has commanded in His Word.
Read through the Bible in one year – May 1/ Luke 21:20-38; 1 Kings 10,11