Jeremiah 7:8–11 (ESV): "8 "Behold, you trust in deceptive words to no avail. 9 Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, make offerings to Baal, and go after other gods that you have not known, 10 and then come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, 'We are delivered!'—only to go on doing all these abominations? 11 Has this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, I myself have seen it, declares the Lord."Going to God's house is truly a blessing but only if you come in the right way. It can equally be a curse if we come unrepentant and unwilling to obey the voice of God. God finds no pleasure in a form of godliness that denies His redeeming and transforming power!
God is transparent with us. He doesn't tell us what we want to hear or make us feel secure when we are on shaky ground. He tells us the truth. Sadly, many will reject Him and believe the lie of the enemy who ensures the wicked are fine with Him. God demands holiness and yet offers grace for those who fall short but that grace is only applicable to those who access it by faith. He sees the reality of every human heart and He won't lie to us and tell us all is well when it is not.
When you enter God's house do you come in humility and reverence or do you come in pride and flippancy? He wants you to be real with Him. He knows already the condition of your heart so why hide it? Be transparent with Him. Don't come to His house as if God is lucky you showed up. Come as an offering, unstained and unblemished clothed in the righteousness of Christ. That is how coming becomes a blessing. Any other way will result in God's discipline or even worse, judgment. Come in Christ, repentant, and willing to obey the Lord. Then you will experience God in His fullness. Amen?
Father, we thank You that You continually speak to us in very direct ways. Thank You for not allowing us to deceive ourselves. When we come to Your house may we come in humility and with all reverence being completely transparent with You. That is how our lives change. Remind us of this every time we gather we pray in Jesus' name, amen!