The Only Reason Why (Malachi 3)

“For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed,” Malachi 3:6

I tried but I could only endure it for just a few minutes at a time.  Each time I tried, I felt like I was being sucked into a funnel cloud of a tornado.  Finally I wimped out and went to bed.

Yes, it is true, I wimped out and gave up trying to watch the late night news.  Now, you could be laughing at me in this moment.  If so, consider what was in my mind.  I was wondering how much lower could our country sink into division and depravity.  I was asking God, how much longer would it be before destruction came from Heaven?  I was also wondering it God’s wrath is already being revealed (Rom. 1:18-24) by God  simply turning our nation over to our own evil inventions.

Do you now see why I could only endure the news for a few minutes at a time?

This morning I honestly found great courage as I opened my Bible to Malachi 3.  I remind you that in Malachi’s day the nation of Israel was also sinking in division and depravity.  She was in that day arguing with God concerning His judgment about their lives.  God was promising judgment against her sins.

Here in chapter 3 Malachi gives his people great hope in the prediction of the coming of the Messiah.  Malachi writes about the coming of  a prophet before Jesus.  We know his name to be John the Baptizer, (John 1:9-15, Matthew 11).

As Malachi writes we come to a verse that almost seems out of place in the text, but what we realize is this, God was the reason why this people had not already destroyed themselves.   Here is the verse:

“For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.”

I have to pause here and write:  Praise the Lord!!!

There are no less than 4 encouragements I take from the truth of verse six:

  1. I have learned to trust fully in the God who never changes.  Lamentations 3:22-23

“Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great us Your faithfulness.”

2. I have learned to never give up because of who He is.

   but you are the same, and your years have no end, Psalm 102:27

3. I have learned to be at peace because He is on the throne, Isaiah 6:1-5.

4.  I have learned God has the power to change individuals and entire nations, Numbers 23:19

God is not man, that he should lie,
    or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
    Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?

Because of these truths I live my life on the front lines of service to our God. I may from time to time turn off the news, but I will not turn off what God says and I will not turn away from what God directs for my life in these crucial days.

God has called us to prepare a people to meet the Lord.  Yes, John the Baptist did a great job in preparing people to meet Jesus at His first coming, but we can do even greater in these days if we follow Him with confidence and obedience.

11 Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he, Matthew 11:11

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