Have We Become Too Casual with God?


“Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Better to approach in obedience than to offer the sacrifice as fools do, for they ignorantly do wrong.  Do not be hasty to speak, and do not be impulsive to make a speech before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.” Ecclesiastes 5:1-2


I love the goodness of God. As I sat down to type these words this morning, I caught myself staring at a blank screen. I knew the verse God had compelled me to write on, however, the words just didn't seem to be flowing.

As I took a deep breath, the Holy Spirit gently nudged me, and I felt a conviction come upon me. I hadn't taken the time to pray or be still in God's presence; I had just hastily sat down to begin writing, without reverence of who I was writing for or the purpose He had given me. After some time in God's presence, I penned these words of an example of how we can be hurried when it comes to spending time with our maker and how we can sometimes be too casual in our approach.

We are getting to a point in our society, if I may say, where we have almost lost the reverence for God that He deserves. I remember in college seeing a popular shirt, that I even owned at one point, and stated the phrase "Jesus is my homeboy". And even in society now, images of Jesus are common with phrases such as, "Go, Jesus, It's Your Birthday" and "I love Jesus, but I cuss a little".

Are we bringing God down to our level, perceiving Him as our "homeboy" more than our Maker who deserves respect and reverence? God is accessible, and we can approach His throne boldly (Hebrews 4:16), but we shouldn't take this for granted. We should never take God for granted. Hear my heart hereI'm not being legalistic, but when it comes to God, have we become too casual?

Take time this week to be still before our holy God. Worship Him in reverence. Let's remember who He is and who we are not.


Father, please forgive me when I have hastily come into Your presence, and forgive me when I don’t give You the reverence You deserve. You are a holy and just God, worthy of all of my praise. Thank You for sending Your Son to die for me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Your Turn

Spend time this week in the quiet. Come before God slowly and praise Him for who He is. What does the word Holy mean to you? How does it apply to your view of God?

Chelsi Woods is the coffee-loving Content Manager for Whole Magazine and a writer for the Reformed Outlook. She is a Jesus-loving, tattooed soccer mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed 12-year-old girl and “Choo-Choo” to a 9-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece. Her hobbies include communicating in gifs, playing guitar, and bad dad jokes. Chelsi’s passionate pursuit is to teach women solid, Biblical truths focused on spiritual growth, loving God with our minds, all while glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.

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