Daily D – Hosea 6:6
For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings. (NIV)
I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings. (NLT)
I’m after love that lasts, not more religion.
I want you to know GOD, not go to more prayer meetings. (The Message)
What God wants for us is less religious transaction and more true transformation; less “I’m sorry,” and more “I agree.”
Religious practices are good if they flow from deep connection with our Father in heaven. They are empty rituals if they flow instead from habits grown cold.
The book of Hosea, in full alignment and attunement with the other prophets in the Old Testament, tells the story of God wooing his wayward people back to himself. He loves them, really loves them, and wants them to come home. It is not religious practices he calls them to, but himself. He wants to be known, loved, and honored.
What God wanted then, God wants now. He wants deep communion with you day by day and not a smile and a wave on Sunday. He wants deep involvement in your closest relationships. He wants deep engagement in your work.
Why wade in the shallows when he calls you to experience Ocean?
Why gaze upward toward purple mountain majesty when he calls you to view the fruited plains?
John the Baptist figured it out. The more he got to know Jesus, the more he wanted to know Jesus. John 3:30 says in essence, “More Jesus, please.”
How will you include Jesus more in your day?
How will you expand his footprint in your life?
I will practice the presence of Jesus by acknowledging him in every activity and seeking his wisdom for every decision.
Our Father, I feel like a Dickens character saying, “Please, Sir, I want some more.” I do want more of you. More of Jesus and less of me. I want the kind of understanding John the Baptist expressed in John 3:30. I want the kind of abiding relationship Jesus describes in John 15. I want to know and experience you in all things at all times. Amen.
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2 Chronicles 35:25 Jeremiah composed laments for Josiah, and to this day all the male and female singers commemorate Josiah in the laments. These became a tradition in Israel and are written in the Laments. (NIV)
2 Chronicles 33:15, 16 He got rid of the foreign gods and removed the image from the temple of the Lord, as well as all the altars he had built on the temple hill and in Jerusalem; and he threw them out of the city. Then he restored the altar of the Lord and sacrificed fellowship offerings and thank offerings on it, and told Judah to serve the Lord, the God of Israel.
Matthew 3:8 “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”
2 Kings 20:2, 3 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Isaiah 65:24 “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”