12 “Even now,” declares the LORD,
“return to me with all your heart,
with fasting and weeping and mourning.”
13 Rend your heart
and not your garments.
Return to the LORD your God,
for he is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love,
and he relents from sending calamity.
I have been pondering this idea more and more lately. The thing that God desires most from us isn’t the proper words or even the proper actions; it is the proper attitude of our heart that He desires most. You can see it over and over again throughout Scripture. God doesn’t want you to just do the right things; He wants you to be right. An outward show with no inward truth will fool a lot of people, but it can never fool God.