Did you know that the Bible talks about a sacrifice of fools?
True, there are several different sacrifices that were
mentioned in the Bible and they were offered for several different reasons,
however, Ecclesiastes 5 discusses one sacrifice that we ought to avoid: the
sacrifice of fools. There are two parts of that sacrifice and we’ll look at one
The first way we offer God a sacrifice of fools is by being
hasty with our words before God. Check out Ecclesiastes 5:1-2 “Guard your steps
when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the
sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong. Do not be quick with
your mouth, do not be hasty in your God. God is in heaven and you are on earth,
so let your words be few. “
Now, raise your hand if you’ve ever spent time whining to
God? OK everyone, put your hands down. I know I’ve made statements like, “But
God, I didn’t think things would be this way.” “But God, I don’t like how this
is going.” “But God… but God… but God…”
I know I’ve listened to my kids whine at me, but I had never
thought about how my prayers sounded to God sometimes. I realized that I had
been offering God a sacrifice of a fool. Instead, we must realize that God is
in heaven. He knows what is best for us. He knows the big picture of life in a
way that we can’t possibly understand. We must come to a place where we trust
Him to handle our life. He knows our life better than we do anyway. That’s what
this is talking about. We get so quick to tell God what to do and how to do it
that we start to act like we are the ones in charge and calling the shots. We’re
not. God is in heaven. Having faith in Him and trusting in Him means not
whining about our circumstances and accepting His love and will for our lives.
How about you? Are you offering God a sacrifice of fools?
Repent for whining to Him and trust in Him.
Next week, we'll look at the second way we offer a sacrifice of fools to God.
Kristi Burchfiel, Christian devotional author and speaker
Living in the World – Living out the Word
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