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Getting Tired of God?

Malachi (the last book of the Old Testament) was addressed to people who were getting tired of God.  Let’s try on their shoes and if they fit us today:

1.  We have not recognized how much God loves us.  (1:1-5)  This is foundational. All those that follow hinge on this one.

2.  We have disrespected the Lord by failing to give Him our BEST.  (1:6-14)

3.  We have not carefully and faithfully passed on God’s instruction to those we are responsible for (e.g. our children).  (2:1-9)

4.  We have not kept our commitments to God, to our marriage partners, and to others. (2:1-16)

5.  We say that evil is good and that God is pleased with evildoers (e.g. praying God’s blessing on abortionists) .  (2:17) 

6.  We don’t really trust God to provide for us if we give first to Him—so we don’t. (3:7-12) 

7.  We devalue serving God and instead prioritize our own desires and applaud those who prosper in their godless lifestyles  (3:13-15)

In the end, however, God says that everyone will see the difference between those who serve Him and those who do not:

–For those who rebel against God:  “The LORD Almighty says, “The day is coming when all proud and evil people will burn like straw. On that day they will burn up, and there will be nothing left of them.” (4:1 TEV)

–For those who love and obey God:  “But for you who obey me, my saving power will rise on you like the sun and bring healing like the sun’s rays. You will be as free and happy as calves let out of a stall.  On the day when I act, you will overcome the wicked, and they will be like dust under your feet.” (4:2-4 TEV)

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Where’s My Inheritance?

I can identify with the Old Testament Levites.

You will never find “Levi” on a map that shows the distribution of the land among the tribes of Israel.  They didn’t get any!   Instead, God said that He Himself, and the privilege of serving Him, would be their inheritance, or special possession.  (Numbers 18:23b-32; Joshua 13:33 & 18:7)

Another way in which the Levites were different is that they were supported by the tithes of the other people as they devoted themselves to God’s service.  And they, in turn, were to give God a tithe of what they received.

My husband and I own no property—no land, house or even car.  I must admit that occasionally I feel disenfranchised.  But in my saner moments I appreciate the freedom this really gives.  And I give thanks for the special privilege of having none other than God Himself—and the privilege of serving Him full-time—as my special possession.  And like the Levites, we give thanks for the support of God’s people and also give a share of that back to the Lord.

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