“When you come to appear before me,
who has required of you
this trampling of my courts?
Bring no more vain offerings;
incense is an abomination to me.
New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations—
I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.
Your new moons and your appointed feasts
my soul hates;
they have become a burden to me;
I am weary of bearing them.
When you spread out your hands,
I will hide my eyes from you;
even though you make many prayers,
I will not listen;
your hands are full of blood.
Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes;
cease to do evil,
learn to do good;
bring justice to the fatherless,
plead the widow's cause.
by: Katie Brown.
God does not desire for us to wear the name of a Christian while continuing to walk in sin. God implored His people in Isaiah to “cease to do evil, learn to do good” (v.16-17). We are not expected to be perfect and never to stumble, but God sees our efforts and our repeated actions. Are we seeking to serve God and to live holy lives for Him? He will lead us on a righteous path if we seek to honor Him with our daily decisions. We can ask Him today to help us remove the evil habits and deeds from our lives.