Loyalty is a personal trait that leaders seek. Those whom they can trust, even when the tide changes or sand shifts. Loyalty is to have an allegiance to another, having their best interest at heart. Understanding may be limited, but loyalty is essential, from the battlefield to the boardroom or even inside of families. Loyalty is a mark of trust that never expires.
Through His prophet Hosea, God speaks to us even today through a simple yet direct thought; “For I desire loyalty and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.” A desire for us to know Him, beyond religiosity or observances; to really study and learn and understand Him, even His will for our lives. That kind of loyalty and dependability is what He is looking for in each of us.
Father, “it is of Your mercies that we are not consumed. Your faithfulness is new every morning,” renewed through the Cross and Jesus being our Advocate in Your Presence. Cleanse us of our habits that are not pure, going through motions without really engaging You. Build in us a new sense of loyalty — to You, and teach us to “strive to know You.”
Think a moment. To whom are you loyal, dependable, set-apart? God wants each of us, loyal — to Him.
Hosea 6:6, Lamentations 3:22-23, Hosea 6:3 HCSB