When reading and studying God's Word, I will often look up the Scripture I am reading in different translations. This method has helped me greatly in grasping more clearly the heart of God as I pray for Him to, "Open my eyes that I may see the wonderful things in your law"(Psalms 119:18). As I read Hosea 6:6 this morning I felt that I had been invited in to see the heart of God as I clearly heard Him speak to my heart saying...
“I want faithful love
more than I want animal sacrifices.
I want people to know me
more than I want burnt offerings.” - Hosea 6:6 NCV (Italics mine)
I think we can all relate to having the desire for a “faithful love". Who doesn’t want that? I can not imagine even one person on this earth saying they would be content with a spouse, friend or family member who only promises to love them unfaithfully!
I also feel certain each one of us has a great inner need to be known by those we love and who love us...an intimate kind of knowing that reveals our faithful love is accepted fully through their understanding of who we really are.
So,I do not find it all that strange for God who created us and is faithful always to love us, actually desires for us to give Him our faithful love in return. How revealing is the heart of God in just this one verse that was spoken to His prophet Hosea to proclaim. God wants to be known by me and all His people. Through our understanding of His love and faithfulness, we discover that just like us...God doesn't want a gift that camouflages unfaithfulness or words and deeds that deceive our true feelings. No... The One who created us gave us a heart like His...and our hearts know...you can't buy faithful love.
Dear friends, we should love each other, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has become God's child and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love to us: He sent his one and only Son into the world so that we could have life through him. This is what real love is: It is not our love for God; it is God's love for us. He sent his Son to die in our place to take away our sins. 1 John 4:7-10