It's so easy for our flesh to want religion - a formula. This means, as long as we keep up the formula, we don't have to surrender to the living God, because we performed the "routine." This routine/formula/religion looks like superstition and quickly becomes bondage. The etymology of "religion" breaks down to, "return to bind," or "return to bondage." Today's study points out that the Israelites put their trust in the ark instead of the Lord. We may not be putting our trust in the ark, but perhaps we're putting our trust in specifically worded prayers that are on repeat, word-for-word? Perhaps we're putting our trust in the act of going to church every Sunday rather than in worshiping Jesus with our lives? Perhaps we're counting on proxy to godly people to make us holy? This is a great chapter that's getting me to check my heart and remember where to place my trust and worship.
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