- Day 15 -
They Will Be Mine
Malachi 3:16, 17
True instruction is to be on our lips; we have to preach the whole truth. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 16:25). Self-deception leads to death.
“You have wearied YAHveh 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 YAHveh, and He delights in them…’” (Malachi 2:17). “‘Your words have been arrogant against Me,’ says YAHveh (the LORD). …You have said, ‘It is vain to serve YAHveh; and what profit is it that we have kept His charge, and that we have walked in mourning before YAHveh of hosts? So now we call the arrogant blessed; not only are the doers of wickedness built up but they also test YAHveh and escape’” (Malachi 3:13-15).
When we look around, we see people giving Him lip service, going to church and living like the world, and they are not judged. They say, “What good does it do to go about being holy, it is like being a mourner. I don’t want to be like that, I want to have fun. I want to do what my flesh wants to do. I want to have a good time.”
“Then those who feared YAHveh spoke to one another, and YAHveh gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear YAHveh and who esteem His name. ‘And they will be Mine,’ says YAHveh of hosts, ‘on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.’ So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves YAHveh (GOD) and one who does not serve Him” (Malachi 3:16-18).
There is infinite hope that is full of eternal glory for those who fear YAHveh and speak one to another—YAHveh listens and hears, and He delights in it!
YAHveh asks us, “What will you do in the end when I come for My righteous remnant? When I come to judge the hearts of all people in righteousness?” Are you going to be at peace with Him? Are you going to be praising and giving Him honor and glory because you are so familiar with that countenance and posture? Will you have come out of this world and have your heart set to honor and glorify Him? Or are you going to be caught off guard like the five foolish virgins who did not have their wicks trimmed or any oil in their lamps? (See Matthew 25:2-5.) Will you have been too busy, even though you knew He was coming, saying that you love Him, but not taking the time to fill up your life with truth and to walk lovingly, obediently, and humbly in His ways?
Prayer: Beloved Savior, thank You for washing me with Your blood of these sins that separate me from You. Create in me a heart that is set to seek You and find out what pleases You so I can joyfully and lovingly obey You. I do not want any distance between me and You and although I have been far away in many respects I am beseeching You to draw near to me as I am now wholeheartedly drawing near to You. May my obedience to You in the future be pleasing in Your sight. May I do things Your way not a hypocritical compromise of my word and will. Thank You for this mercy and new beginning to seek You with all my heart, to find You, and to have that intimate relationship with You preparing me for Your coming righteous kingdom.