Do you ever stop to ponder what it is that God wants from us?
Does He desire our obedience, or is it our faithfulness? Perhaps it is our sacrifice? The answer is yes, yes, and yes! In various circumstances He does desire these things.
Yet sometimes there is a tendency to focus on God as a celestial higher power that can and will strike us down if we make one wrong move rather than our loving Father who just wants us to know and love Him.
God has been teaching me this lesson lately in my walk with Him. In the world of ministry it is sometimes easy to get focused on all the things I am doing FOR Him that I forget to do it WITH Him. Of course, my perceptive Father knows this about me, so He led me straight to this beautiful verse in Hosea 6:6:
April, I desire loyal love from you over your sacrifice.
I want you to really know Me rather than focus on presenting Me your burnt offerings.
How else can I respond to that except with this?
Yes, Lord I understand. You want me to give You my heart and not just my actions. You want me to know You and Your Word and let it change me from the inside out. To allow Your instructions to move so deeply into my soul that obedience and faithfulness and sacrifice will naturally flow out of me BECAUSE of my loyal love for You.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes my heart is overwhelmed by the gracious and extravagant love of the Lord. He is so patient with me and I’ll never get over the fact that the God of the universe wants to have a deep and abiding relationship with me just as He does with you!
Father, thank You for being a God who desires our loyal love. Help each one of us as we seek to know and love You better.