Hosea 5-6

“Come, let us return to the LORD. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us. He will revive us after two days; and He will raise us up on the third day, that we may live before Him. So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn and He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth.” (6:1-3)

“For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, and in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.” (6:6)

Many times, throughout my life, the LORD has brought me back to this passage. It sings a resonating song to the deepest part of my soul amid the darkest, most confusing seasons.

Is this trail some sort of punishment or discipline? Press on to know the LORD.

What am I afraid of and why? Press on to know the LORD.

Does my life have purpose and meaning or have I stumbled in the chaos, sabotaging my calling? Press on to know the LORD.

Will I always feel this way? Press on to know the LORD.

Have I fallen too far from grace? Press on to know the LORD.

He isn’t a distant task master. He isn’t utterly disappointed at my not living up to my potential. He is not counting on me to be perfect. He hasn’t let me wander out of sight. His discipline is not forever. He wants me to know Him more than anything else. He wants my devotion more than my productivity and sacrifice.

Do you know Him?

Don’t let limited perspective or experience drawn from human relationships dictate your knowledge of God. Return to Him! Come closer and know Him better! Don’t stop when your confused and discouraged! There’s always more to know about Him. He’s infinitely beautiful and His return is as certain as the dawn.

-Bethany

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