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God presses the mute button

“You have wearied the Lord with your words. ‘How have we wearied him?’ you ask.  By saying, ‘All who do evil are good in the eyes of the Lord, and he is pleased with them’ or ‘Where is the God of justice?’” Malachi 2:17.

How terrible for this to happen to a believer. What?  God being tired of listening to them.

My behavior has consequences.

My points-of-view have consequences.

The folks referenced in today’s verse blamed God for not enabling them to get their way.  They looked around and saw “evil doers” having good things.  Things that they deserved, or at least they thought they deserved.  Therefore, to them God was unjust, and they were willing to call Him out regarding it.

How arrogant!  God isn’t another of us.  He is the almighty One.  He created everything.  He keeps it going.  He put each of us on this earth.  He knows what He’s doing.

My part is to do what He wants me to do and let Him take care of the rest.  End of story.

Last week I had a plumbing need met immediately….Praise the Lord.  Later this week I lost my glasses and haven’t found them……Praise the Lord.

Was God available one time and on vacation in the other?  Definitely not!

He’s in charge.  He calls the shots.  He was as much with me in one situation as He was in the other.  I prayed for help in both instances.  I do not control what His help looks like.

Conclusion: God provides me with what I need. He does know best.

 

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God is with me

“You will see it with your own eyes and say, ‘Great is the Lord – even beyond the borders of Israel!’” Malachi 1:5.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Nehemiah 13, Malachi 1-2, and Acts 4.

Nothing, including distance, can separate me from God.

How can God be everywhere?  Another of His mysteries.

I must live aware that God is in my midst via His Holy Spirit.  He sees me.  He hears me.  He knows my thoughts.  That information must put me on serious notice.

I must remember that God is also where my loved ones are as well.  They may be distant, and I know almost nothing about what they are doing, but He does.  I can intercede for them.  I can ask for His protection for them.

I often forget that God is nearby.  How can I remedy that?  I need to think through what I would do if God was where I am right now.  I would surely want to talk to Him.  If I was writing this blog, I would surely ask Him for help.  I just moved a chair next to my desk to remind me (visually) that He is here with me.  Whatever works!

“Lord, I know that You are here with me.  I also know that You are where readers are too.  Help each of us to be mindful of Your presence and act accordingly.  Forgive me for losing track of Your nearness.  I am blessed to have You with me.  Thank You, Father.”

How do I know that God is with me right now?  I believe that He is omnipresent.

 

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God is tired of it

“You have wearied the Lord with your words. ‘How have we wearied him?’ you ask. By saying, ‘All who do evil are good in the eyes of the Lord, and he is pleased with them’ or ‘Where is the God of justice?’” Malachi 2:17

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Nehemiah 13 & Malachi 1-2 & Acts 4)

These folks neither walked the walk nor talked the talk.

These folks had an idea of what God would be like. The God they were dealing with kept coming up short.

These folks wanted evil punished on their own terms. They couldn’t grasp why evil continued unless God somehow approved of it. They couldn’t grasp how a God of justice would let evil continue.

So they complained about God. Note that they didn’t complain TO God.

I recall how Job did some of the same thing. He looked at God through his own perspective and found God to be unsatisfying. And then God spoke to Job. Talk about getting leveled! “Where were you (Job) when I did this that and the other thing?” Job was rightly humbled.

The folks referenced in Malachi would soon be getting “leveled” by God, and deservedly so.

I must not try to figure out God’s Ways. His understanding is beyond me now and likely into the after-life. I need to trust Him. I need to believe that He knows what He is doing. I need to elevate my relationship to Him to always and forever.

“Lord, I need You every second. Forgive me for ever second-guessing what You do. There is evil in the world and it will play itself into reality. But You are over all. You can intervene at Your Will. I ask for that intervention on behalf of my family. Some don’t know You. Some have moved away from You. I lower them before You. Cleanse me from sin. Fill me with You. Embolden me with Your Strength. I can do nothing good without You. I love You, Lord.”

Are you acceptable to God?

+19 – Disregard continues for God’s temple.

hwfm-oct-15

 

 

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