Religion isn’t enough

“I’m after love that lasts, not more religion.  I want you to know God, not go to more prayer meetings.”  Hosea 6:6 (The Message).

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Hosea 6-9 and Hebrews 3.

I have the NIV side-by-side with The Message in my Bible.

What a brutal translation of this verse: “For I desire mercy not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.”

But for me, I often need to read a brutal truth.  Why?  Because much of my life is led trying to be more religious.  Trying to read more Godly books.  Trying to pray more.

God is not dazzled by my religious practices.  He wants me to love others.  He wants me to commit everything I do to Him.  The rituals and the gatherings can distract from that getting done.

How do I make the transition?  Simply my approaches to God.  Celebrate Him in my midst.  Recognize His greatness.  Cling to Him for everything……….and see where that leads.

“Lord, forgive me for complicating being near to You.  I need not go somewhere to do it.  You are here with me.  Enable me to see You in the plain and ordinary.  Enable me to see that taking my eyes off You is a mistake in every area of my life.  Forgive me for trying to be religious at the expense of being practical.  Take over the life I am leading here and now that I would please You.”

Are you caught up in religious details at the expense of really knowing Him?



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