Hosea 7-8

I noticed this verse today:

“The people of Israel love their rituals of sacrifice, but to me their sacrifices are all meaningless. “ 8:13

It’s interesting how people claim they can’t be “religious”, or fall in line with Christianity. Yet we all worship something. We all pour time, money and resources into what we love.

Rituals of sacrifice. What are some of yours? Your daily rhythms, routines, things you make sure to carve out time for. Maybe it’s going to the gym for an hour. Maybe it’s talking on the phone to your significant other. A nap. A run. Scrolling through your phone with a glass of wine or coffee in your hand.

You get where I’m going with this. We worship and make time for what we want to, and often scrounge around for leftover time and energy to spend on God. He doesn’t want your meaningless sacrifices. He asks for the first fruits.

Sort through how you spend your day. What comes first? What do you worship the most?

Let’s not be like the Israelites, who have forgotten their maker (8:14), but instead, prioritize him, the very source of our identity.





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