I don't mean when we pray. He assures us that He hears us when our hearts genuinely cry out to Him.
I'm suggesting that He hits the "mute" button when we use our noise to make a spectacle of our faith.
Let's face it - every one of us could earn an Academy Award in acting in some area of our lives. What if it's in how we try to come across spiritually?
- We say we "prayed about it," when what we did is make a decision and look for circumstances or emotions that validated it, ascribing this to God.
- We sing a song about God's role in our lives, but have no intention of Him actually having that role.
- We show up in attendance at church, but don't attend to what God has shown us to be His Church.
"The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7b)