Malachi 3:14 Is It Vain to Serve God?

Malachi 3:14 (KJV)
Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?

I imagine a number of Americans feel this way this morning. I think it is a misplaced sentiment based upon putting hopes in politics and not God. The response of so many today is evidence that we have not learned our lesson. God has a plan for all of this, and He has an answer. 

Fear the Lord
Vs 16, 
From chapter 4:2, But unto you that fear my name shall of the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings……
He arises only to those who fear his name.

Speak often one to another
Vs 16
No wonder governments wish to restrict this. Whether we agree that COVID-19 is a threat or not, it is apparent that government is using it to curtail gatherings of spiritual nature. I do not believe it is possible for them to prevent gatherings of true believers. 

Discern between the righteous and the wicked
Vs 18
I believe that the current state is manifesting the two quite clearly. I read the other day that the number of attendees that define a large church has gone down from 400 to 250. I imagine that number will continue to decline.

When those who fear the Lord speak often one with another, in the current climate we will soon discern between the righteous and the wicked and the Lord will bring healing, not to this lost world, but to those who look for and to Him alone.  

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Malachi 1:14 When Worship, Isn’t

Malachi 1:14 (KJV)
But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen.

The Jews of this time were very religious, but they weren’t at all dedicated to the Lord. There’s was a commitment to a religious culture. They were committed to preserving a heritage. They had little to no real faith in God or His Word. 

This revealed itself in a number of ways, one of them being their halfhearted performance in giving. They gave, but they did not give their best. They gave but they did not give obediently. They gave but they did not give sacrificially.[1]

Their trouble, God tells them, is that they had lost hold of the truth that God is “a great King.” 

I wonder how many professing Christians are in this same trouble? When we got saved, we expected God to do great things in our lives. The truth has been that mostly we have lived normal lives but with the instructions of His Word instead of the reasoning of this world. At some point, many Christians begin to think of faith as a point of view, one of many in this world. We may not abandon that point of view, but we loosen our dedication to it. We forget the greatness of the God who gave it to us. And when we do that, we cease to worship Him even as we worship Him. 


[1]Is this an oxymoron? Their sacrifices were not – sacrifices. They did not sacrifice sacrifices but only animals.

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Malachi 3:6 He Alone Does Not Change

Malachi 3:6 (KJV) For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. People are in a perpetual state of change.
  • We change ages
  • We change sizes
  • We change activities
  • We change health
  • We change in experience
  • We change dependencies
  • We change beliefs
  • We change convictions
  • We change in our understanding
  • We change relationships
And for this reason we are little to be trusted. A promise made today may be altered or rendered null based on our change of circumstance. The Lord does not change. Like the stars at night that can guide the mariner through any part of the world’s waters, the Lord can be trusted because He is forever the same. Faith ought to be placed in God alone for He alone does not change.   To my readers: I would love to hear from you. Leave comments below. For this and more than 3800 earlier Daily Visits with God visit Pastor Marvin McKenzie’s blogger page. There you will find daily visits going back to 2006. If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others. For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit Bible Baptist Church of Puyallup.

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Malachi 2:10 Spiritual Treachery

Malachi 2:10 (KJV)
Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?

The covenant is obviously speaking of the relationship of Israel to God. They had done a treacherous thing, not by turning from that covenant but by making it ordinary, common and worldly. They had turned a walk with God into a mere religion in which, though they required much out of its followers, they devised means to make it cost as little as possible for themselves.

Charles Spurgeon called it a downgrade.

These days it is realized by professing Christians who:

  • Know nothing of the Bible
  • Spend no time in prayer
  • Have no standard of separation
  • Make no distinction between themselves and the world
  • Withhold no worldly pleasure from their enjoyment

Whatever our spiritual fathers taught them, those fathers, they believe, were legalistic and wrong. They turn from the covenant of our fathers, sometimes because it was the covenant of our fathers (they desire to “negotiate” their own covenant with God.)

It is treachery.

Spiritual treachery.

 

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