Yesterday I felt led to write about entering into God's rest and who exactly gets to do that. Today, I have to lean upon, rely on and trust in the Lord even more because the bad news that my husband and I just received about our house is even worse than what we anticipated. Our lawyer explained to us that the ruling is only not fair, it's not even legal. It's as if Satan is running wild with this one. He suggested we appeal it because the verdict was so ridiculously unfair on our behalf. But, I realize it's not about what's fair or unfair. It's just trusting on the Lord to do what He already promised to do. It's about walking by faith and not by sight. It's being an example to others who would not believe it unless they had seen it. This is where grace begins in a Christian's life. The God of justice is where He's always been, on the throne and in control of everything, even if it doesn't appear fair. I know His final verdict will reveal His Sovereignty and I will praise Him all the more. I know to Whom I belong, and that is enough for me. It's not about what's fair, it's about my eternal life. In the meantime, what my husband and I are about to go through may not be easy but, we're ready. . . are you?
Let's look at a valuable life lesson from Malachi. It's important to understand the why's, where's and what if's of the time. But God doesn't change and therefore, our society is no acception to His rules. People are people, all created the same by the same Creator. We have not advanced one bit with all our technical science or psychology. In fact, God still sees a bunch of hard hearted humans who refuse to acknowlege Him. Try comparing today's world situations with Biblical times and see if you can't find any paralells. You will if you search for them. Coincidental? I think not.
After the Jews had been brought back to the land of Palastine, it only took them 100 years to be lead back to their rituals and religious routines that got them into trouble in the first place. Malachi came to warn them to come back to the God Who loved them by repenting of their wicked ways. God could not fulfill all His promises because these people, His beloved people seemed to have lost all their favor from God, all because they continued to sin in His sight. So Malachi delievered God's message of judgement on Israel for their continued sinning. He also reminded them that God's promise would be fulfilled when one day in the future, all the Jews would repent, His Messiah would be revealed and all of God's covenant promises will be fulfilled. Nothing has changed. These promises are still yet to be revealed. This event is the highlight of every saved Christian. Not until John the Baptist 400 years later, did God speak again. But His Word is His constant reminder to us now.
I can't help but wonder about the person who is trying to destroy my husband's and my life. I only know from the bad fruits that she has produced in her life and the other innocent lives she has torn apart without flinching, that she can not know Jesus Christ. Her actions go against everything He stands for. But I am not the judge. I have prayed for her salvation, especially now because she seems to be dying of cancer. And I have come to understand that some people just refuse to answer that door when Christ comes knocking on it. It's a very sad realization that there are people so set on winning in the material world, and don't give their eternal soul a second thought. If you know anyone like this, you need to forgive them and let God handle it from there. Forgiveness is counted as righteousness. Let this be your main goal, not vindication. Here's why I say this. God has told us and continues to tell us the same message. We can not afford to overlook His truth much longer.
Just as God passed judgment on the unrepentant in Israel and blessings on the faithful remnant, God was worn out and grew impatient because of their skepticism and self justification. Therefore Judgement was on its way.
"You have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet you say, ‘How have we wearied Him?’ In that you say, ‘Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the LORD and He delights in them', or, ‘Where is the God of justice?" Malachi 2:17
Like this woman who is seeking to destroy us, (but can't by the way) can she really believe that her evil acts are pleasing to the Lord? From reading this passage I suppose there are people who do think like this. But then God presents them with a solemn question. If I were to ask this person the same question, I wonder what she would say?
"But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? He is like a refiner's fire and like fuller's soap. He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the LORD offerings in righteousness. " Malachi 3:2,3
This tells me that no matter what I think of myself, or others, the Lord Jesus Christ is the only One Who truly knows each and every one of us. We all must face His final judgment. I'm preparing myself to be able to endure His coming. Whatever happens here on earth concerning material things is not what concerns me the most. I want to stand at His appearing, what about you? Has this woman even considered this?
"Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me, " says the LORD of hosts. " Malachi 3:5
God has spoken His promises for the time of the millennial temple and those who will enter in and those who will not. For anyone who practices these evil acts as mentioned, God will utterly destroy them. We must pray for those who do not reverentially fear the LORD. God makes it clear how He feels about occult practices, and adultery and perjury, extortion and oppression. These things are more than prevalent today. We can't outgrow God as some would like to think. This is why we can't.
"For, I, the LORD, do not change. . . "Malachi 3:6
God doesn't change. His continued warning that if the people would return to Him, He will return to them as well is still the same message for us.
The next few verses tell us how we can return when we have turned from God. It's virtually being obedient and not robbing Him from what is rightfully His. It's hearing His Word of truth speak to us and letting it begin changing us. It's believing in His Son Christ Who died in order to give us eternal life. It's living a life for and through Him. This change is life saving and it is urgent that we approach the unsaved and present them with the truth.
Charles Spurgeon wrote it like this: “An unbelieving hearing of the gospel is a multiplication of curses to your soul~another sermon for which you have to give an account, another rejected exhortation recorded against you, another earnest invitation which you refused, and for which you will be held accountable. "
God's people must point the way if others are to escape His judgment.
Vivian Gordon writes articles pertaining to God's instructions and the examples He has given us in order to grow on this Christian walk with Him. She hopes that they can inspire the Christian to grow spiritually and maturely in their lives.