Hosea 4: 6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;
because you have rejected knowledge,
I reject you from being a priest to me.
And since you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children.
The Hebrew word used for knowledge here is yada. It’s a word with the context of relationship and being known personally.
God is angry and I imagine heartbroken, because His people who He deeply cares about forgot who He is. They didn’t just forget His commandments and His provision but also His heart and love.
When we forget God’s love and passion for us, we tend to try and fill it from another source. Like small children we need our Father’s affection, we need to know His love for us and we need it to fill us.
Our only identity needs to come from God. Israel forgot that, they began to worship other gods to get riches and pleasure, they began to build up military alliances to defend themselves rather than relying on God. When we go it alone, we build up security in things that can always be taken from us.
I struggle with building up worldly securities, I want to feel completely safe and free from hardships. But the more I invest in what I see in the world around me, the larger the heartbreak and anixety is when it all comes apart.
I pray today we can abide in our loving father. I pray we know we are His and that be enough to sustain our hearts.