by Beverly Barnett
Monday, May 13
Questioning the Love of God
“I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob,” Malachi 1:2.
Malachi was the last of the prophets until John the Baptist. His job was to be God’s mouthpiece to Israel. He helped them recall the things they had been taught but had forgotten. Of all the many things the people of Israel could have questioned, the love of God was not one of them. God had guided and protected them, and all He asked for in return was obedience and love. Most of the time, one or the other was neglected.
God wants the same thing from you and me. If we love God, then we will want to obey His Word. After all, it is truly the best possible way we can honor God and to live the abundant life. How many of our self-inflicted troubles could be avoided by following and obeying the Word of God?
It is easy for us to look at the downfall of Israel—their idol worship and disobedience to God. What about looking at our own idols and disobedience? We excuse our sin, but we condemn theirs because we are not guilty of offering sickly sacrifices and moldy bread on the altar, but we do! When our worship of God is dry and dull, our obedience is half-hearted—we are guilty of the same sickening sacrifices!
REFLECTION: Give God your best, and love Him first and foremost. Never has anyone at the end of his life ever regretted loving God too much.