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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Daily D – 1 Samuel 9:21
1 Samuel 9:21 Saul replied, “But I’m only from the tribe of Benjamin, the smallest tribe in Israel, and my family is the least important of all the families of that tribe! Why are you talking like this to me?”
Daily D – 1 Samuel 7:12
1 Samuel 7:12 Samuel then took a large stone and placed it between the towns of Mizpah and Jeshanah. He named it Ebenezer (which means “the stone of help”), for he said, “Up to this point the Lord has helped us!”
Daily D – 1 Samuel 3:19
1 Samuel 3:19 As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him, and everything Samuel said proved to be reliable.
Daily D – Ruth 2:12-13
Ruth 2:12, 13 “May the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done.” “I hope I continue to please you, sir,” she replied. “You have comforted me by speaking so kindly to me, even though I am not one of your workers.”
Daily D – Judges 19:1
Judges 19:1 Now in those days Israel had no king. There was a man from the tribe of Levi living in a remote area of the hill country of Ephraim. One day he brought home a woman from Bethlehem in Judah to be his concubine.