God desires us to know Him intimately. In my recent Bible study of the poetic book Hosea, the question came to me, “Do you know God?” Hosea begins like this: He marries, and almost instantly his marriage goes wrong. His wife cheats on him, and God tells him to pursue his wife and win her back. This unfortunately became a cycle of life for him. It’s a heartbreaking story of a man who wants nothing more than to save his family. As the poem continues, you see that God shares this sad and tragic story to illustrate what His relationship is like with His people.
God tells Hosea he wants to bless His people with victory, full baskets and healing. But God continues to vent that they practice hypocrisy by turning their backs on the poor and those in need. They worship idols and sacrifice human beings to them. He says there is no knowledge of God in the land! This word knowledge speaks of intimacy. A relationship where you know and understand each other well!
Friend, having a good relationship with God or with people, in almost every case, love is spelled T-I-M-E. It’s the most valuable resource we have and everyone who loves you needs it. You have to give your time to God. This is such a small price to pay, because the time we lose that we give to God is reciprocated a hundred-fold!