Daily Devotional 5-13-20

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Hello, today’s devotion comes from the book of Malachi and it’s not a long one. I encourage you to read the whole thing in its entirety. And I’m going to cover the highlights and then I’ll focus on a specific verse that I think will bring it home.

The book of Malachi is super interesting in that it’s the last book that we have in the Old Testament and it’s the last words that we read before the New Testament and the coming of Christ. Now this book is all about the accusations that God levies against the nation of Israel. And as we read it today through the lens of Christ, several things become apparent. The first is that God wants our best and we give him our worst. In verse six, God tells the Israelites how they have despised the name of God by offering polluted sacrifices.

That is those animals not worthy of sacrifice. You see, in Leviticus, when God laid out what would be considered acceptable sacrifices, he asked for the best of the flock it had to be the most pristine bowl or sheep or goat or bird. And that’s what’s interesting here is that it’s not the quality of the animal that’s in question to God in Malachi, but it’s the quality of the heart offering the animal. By offering the lame and the sick animals of the flock, which is what they were doing in that time, they reserve the better ones for themselves.

Now, do we not often do this today? Maybe we give God a, a more mere pittance of our money or time, or should we give him the leftovers of our hearts. After work and play and family time and me time, maybe we squeeze God in for some prayer, right before bed, uh maybe a church service once a week, once a month, or even twice a year. We don’t always give God our very best, do we?

Now here’s the second part point. And now that we’ve beaten each other up a little bit about our shortcoming and our shortchanging God we see just how amazing our God is. Malachi, he closes with a promise. In Malachi 4:5-6 he says, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction” (ESV).

Now, verse five sounds kind of ominous because with this talk of utter destruction, but let’s focus on the first part of verse six “and he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers.” God promised us a savior to prevent utter destruction and he delivered. Can we not honor his provision for us? We certainly didn’t deserve it. Malachi makes this really clear. Now if you’ve watched some of our sermons, pastor Bill often says that we have been put here for such a time as this. And we have. Bill’s absolutely right.

Amidst this crisis, families have the opportunity to rally at home under travel restrictions, fathers to rally to the hearts of their children. School is now at home. And I know this personally, my kids are at home. We teach our children to revere and love and fear God. This is the time for which God places us.

So my prayer for you this week is to teach others in your home, whether it’s children or adults, but teach them about the good news of Christ. This is what God calls us to, and we can give him our very best by setting aside time and honoring him in this way.