“The Lord, the Mighty One, is God, and he has spoken; he has summoned all humanity from where the sun rises to where it sets. From Mount Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines in glorious radiance. Our God approaches, and he is not silent. Fire devours everything in his way, and a great storm rages around him. He calls on the heavens above and earth below to witness the judgment of his people. “Bring my faithful people to me— those who made a covenant with me by giving sacrifices.” Then let the heavens proclaim his justice, for God himself will be the judge. Interlude “O my people, listen as I speak. Here are my charges against you, O Israel: I am God, your God! I have no complaint about your sacrifices or the burnt offerings you constantly offer. But I do not need the bulls from your barns or the goats from your pens. For all the animals of the forest are mine, and I own the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird on the mountains, and all the animals of the field are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for all the world is mine and everything in it. Do I eat the meat of bulls? Do I drink the blood of goats? Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High. Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.” But God says to the wicked: “Why bother reciting my decrees and pretending to obey my covenant? For you refuse my discipline and treat my words like trash. When you see thieves, you approve of them, and you spend your time with adulterers. Your mouth is filled with wickedness, and your tongue is full of lies. You sit around and slander your brother— your own mother’s son. While you did all this, I remained silent, and you thought I didn’t care. But now I will rebuke you, listing all my charges against you. Repent, all of you who forget me, or I will tear you apart, and no one will help you. But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God.”” Psalms 50:1-23 NLT
As humans when we’re tired physically, mentally, emotionally, and, spiritually. What will help us in the long term is not the momentary relief of taking a break, a nap, or a good cry. Those things can help but are fleeting when the thing that’s draining you is sin. They are something that eventually should be used as a mechanism to help support our finite needs. But our main concern is spiritual and being in right relationship with God. Having the correct perspective on life which encompasses taking care of ones self. Having an eternal perspective is ultimately what we need first. Doing something unhealthy to momentarily relive your stress doesn’t relieve it just lets it sit and eventual exploded worse and bigger later. Doing drugs doesn’t help one’s problems or even helps there emotions. It’s just allows us to ignore them. In this passage you see them sacrificing to God. God’s response is I would rather you keep your vows and ask for help, then give me something I don’t need. He wants us to be in right relationship with him and be healthy. The only way to fix your problems is to work through not avoid them.
This post first appeared on my personal website.