The words Malachi spoke to God's people were powerful and practical; not just to Israel then, but to us today too.
" " Malachi 1:8
The Israelites priests were performing their religious duty - offering sacrifices. But they were doing it with the wrong motives and with complacency. They were not giving God their first rate animals, but rather offering up their diseased and lame animals.
Are we doing tasks like the Israelites did to simply get them done? Do we say a quick prayer before we eat or go to bed so that we can check off "prayer" on our to-do list? Do we speed read through our devotions possibly missing the main point of the reading just so we can get on with the rest of our day?
Well God responds to the Israelites with the following message:
" " Malachi 2:1-2
When we withhold from God, we short change ourselves on what God will do for us. He does not want us to give a partial tithe or offering, He wants us to trust and obey Him. He wants us to be faithful to our spouse. He does not want us to be complacent bobbing around in luke warm water, but rather to prioritize Him so He is first and foremost in our lives.
So how do we do this? "Return to me, and I will return to you", says the Lord Almighty. (Malachi 3:7)
We need to renew our relationship with the Lord Almighty so that we will be spared on the day of judgment. Just as the Lord would receive the Israelites back, He will do the same for us if we renew our relationship with Him through a sincere heart of repentance. Our God is a God of love and justice, and He does not change. So we can be sure that He will take our guilt away if we repent and turn to Him.
God wants to bless us beyond our comprehension; we just have to trust Him.
" " Malachi 3:10-11.
One of my favourite television sitcom series taped a show pointing out that in every relationship there is a reacher and a settler. This, of course, was done with comedy in respect to a dating or married relationship. However, God as our loving Father, pleads with us to recommit our lives to Him and His ways, and yet He has so much more to offer us, than we can offer Him.
Are we going to reach, or are we going to settle in our relationship with God?