I am the LORD, this is my name; my glory I give to no other . . . (Isaiah 42:8)
It’s all about God, about His kingdom and His will. It always has been. It always will be.
But ancient Israel had unwittingly lost God’s perspective. They had perfected the trappings of religion. They knew the right rituals and the correct words -- but their hearts were full of pride, rebellion and selfishness.
It had become about them, not about God.
It would be a mistake to point our finger at the Israelites and not take careful note of ourselves. We, too, can lose our perspective and wrap ourselves in rituals and form. We also can unknowingly substitute activity for a relationship with God.
It's a danger we all face -- and one we can all avoid -- by regularly seeking God in humble prayer, honest participation in the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Confession, and meditation on His Word.
To be careless about our walk of faith is to open ourselves to the power, deception and poison of sin.