Ecclesiastes 5:1 – “Walk prudently when you go to the house of God; and draw near to hear rather than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they do evil.”
The word “prudently” means “acting with, or showing, care and thought for the future“. This is how you and I are called to walk. The ‘sacrifice of fools’ is an interesting thought when it comes to attending church (‘the house of God’). Apparently, one can attend the house of God and offer Him something He considers ‘evil’, the opposite of this is ‘drawing near to hear’. You and I must be those that attend God’s House with the right intentions. Am I attending to simply fulfill some religious obligation? Like I’m doing God this huge favor by even showing up? Or… am I attending church with a heart to hear from my God in intimacy (‘drawing near’)? So many times when my intentions are wrong… I’m actually doing evil in God’s sight.
As I thought about this, I had to ask myself if I’m a man who settles, way too often, for simply going through the motions. Sure, I’m going to the house of God, but am I doing it to BE WITH HIM, and HEAR FROM HIM? May that be the case with you and I from this day on.