More than any other prophet, Hosea emphasizes the importance of knowing God. Israel would ultimate be destroyed (4:6) because they did not know God (4:1).
For us, knowledge means information, facts, and concepts. But in biblical times, knowledge was centered in personal relationships. To know someone is to enter into a close relationship with that person. Knowing God involves much more than simply mastering facts and information about Him. It transcends discussions, about the nature and character of God, as important as those are. Knowing God means entering into an intimate relationship with Him. It means identifying with God and learning to view everything as God does. Knowing God will transform our thoughts and actions, our priorities and values, and our relationships with fellow human beings. It is far more important than religious rites, sacrifices and burnt offerings, or any other religious activities. (see Jerm. 9:23-24; 31:34)
Be blessed and be a blessing!