Proverbs 21: An Acceptable Sacrifice

To do what is right and just
​is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. – Proverbs 21:3

Have you ever tried to make a deal with God? I think we all have at one point or another. Either out of desperation or desire we go to God and say, “God I will do anything, if only you do this one thing for me.”

During a particularly difficult season of my life I made a deal with God. I decided that I would “fast” for forty days from every vice and guilty pleasure I could think of. I also committed that I would spend at least one hour every day in prayer and Bible study. I was experiencing emotional pain, and I wanted God to take it away. I even thought that perhaps God was angry with me. So, under the guise of spirituality, I made my deal with God. I would fast and he would fix the brokenness in my life.

The problem is, what I was really trying to do was control God by my moral and spiritual behavior. I thought that if I offered a good enough “sacrifice,” God would do what I wanted. I thought that perhaps if I was better, then God would love me more. But these are all lies.

Today’s proverb is a good reminder that we cannot earn God’s favor by our good works. Don’t misunderstand, it is good to fast, pray, and remove sin when we are in difficult seasons of life. However, it is very easy to do good things with the wrong motives.

So, how about you? Have you made any deals with God lately? Today rest in knowing that you are perfectly loved by your heavenly Father. You do not need to clean yourself up before coming to him. He is more interested in the condition of your heart, than any sacrifice you have to offer.

Father God, thank you for loving me unconditionally. Thank you for your grace that I could never earn. Today I come to you just as I am, and I ask that you transform me from the inside out. In Jesus’ name, amen.
– Cameron Ford

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