Hoshea Six: Self-Actualization

“For I desire loving-kindness, and not sacrifices, and knowledge of God more than burnt offerings (Hosea 6:6).” I love this verse. It says to me that God wants devotion and learning, not gestures of grandeur. This seems to imply that it’s the internal, quiet actions that resonate with Him, rather than crusades and loud protests. There definitely is a time and place for loud demonstrations, but it’s usually about some kind of external reward, rather than self-actualization. That’s the harder work, and it must be done quietly and internally. I hope that’s what God wants of us, because it’s immeasurably more real than a packaged external demonstration.

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