The book of Malachi was written almost 100 years after Haggai and Zechariah. The book bridges the gap of 400 years silence until the coming of John the Baptist and 50 years until Matthew would write his account.It is apparentin the first 5 verses that God tries to soften the hardening hearts of the nation that had grown complacent. The source of their complacency was found in their questioning if God loved them as they weren’t getting all they expected or asked for from God. Saints, this when I look at my life this is always where I falter and fail. And if I don’t get my heart right my complacency can lead to compromise and corruption. In chapter 1:2-3 God answers their questioning heart of “In what way have You loved us?” By saying, “I have loved you” “Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? Yet Jacob I have loved; But Esau I have hated, and laid waste his mountains and his heritage for the jackals of the wilderness.” These were twin brothers and Paul in Romans 9:11 tells us that this choice of God choosing Jacob was before they “born, nor having done any good or evil”. God says, “Hey you doubt I love you; look at your heritage, I choose to love you when you were a scoundrel and I’ve continued to love you look at your brother’s Esau’s land its uninhabited and here you all are back in the land”. Hey saint’s, have you ever heard someone say, “To know me is to love me”? I think that it is the opposite if any of you really knew what a dirt-bag I really am, you wouldn’t love me you’d run from me. Ah but consider this truth that no one knows you better then God as we are told in Isaiah 66:18 “I know their works and their thoughts.” Yet the One who knows us best is the very One who loves me the most. Amazing Love! God’s point to these people is to not look at what you’re experiencing to determine God’s love instead look to the truth of His word and you will see His love. I’m afraid that far too often God’s children are so spoiled that they think that God owes them something more than He has already given them His only begotten Son. “God, we cry out, don’t you care for me, how come you haven’t given me what I asked for, how come Sally gets blessed and I don’t?” And God says, “Hey child of mine I love you the same but differently, what’s good for Sally isn’t good for you. How can you doubt My love for you haven’t I already given both you and Sally my very best, My only begotten Son?”
One thing is certain dear ones, doubt and depression will come knocking at your door but don’t open the door instead open the windows and look towards the heavens and see His blessings poured out towards you!
This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings