Malachi the prophet is a much better judge of people than Jeff Foxworthy or Jeff Hawkins for that matter. As you read this last prophet from the Old Testament before the 400 years of “silence” you can almost here him say in our vernacular, ”You might be doubting God’s love if…”
Let’s press the ears of our hearts close to the pages of this book and maybe we will hear God say, “You are doubting my love for you…”
1. You may be doubting God’s love for you if…
you give God what is left over instead of what is first and what is best. (Malachi 1:1 -14)
2. You may be doubting God’s love for you if…
you are not striving to live up to your calling in Christ Jesus. (Malachi 2:1-9)
3. You may be doubting God’s love for you if…
you are ignoring God’s instructions for marriage. (Malachi 2:10-16)
4. You may be doubting God’s love for you if…
you are questioning God’s judgment. (Malachi 2:17 – 3:6)
5. You may be doubting God’s love for you if…
you will not trust God with your money. (Malachi 3:7 – 12)
6. You may be doubting God’s love for you if…
you are becoming cynical about serving God. (Malachi 3:13 – 4:3)
Malachi 4:4 -6 tells us how to regain a sense of God’s love by remembering what God has said and done in the past and by placing your trust in God for the future.
You too Christian can regain a confidence in God’s love for you by remembering what God has done for you in the past. “The Son of God became the Son of Man so that sons of men could become sons of God.” The Lord Jesus Christ died in your place taking God’s upon Himself so that you could have forgiveness and thereby, eternal life. (John 3:16, 36)
God keeps His promises. He always has. You can also trust Him with your future, now and for all eternity. He is “working all things together for the good of those who love Him…” He has predetermined to “conform you to the image of Christ”. “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion in the Day of Christ.” God will glorify Himself by glorifying His Son and WE who believe in the Son are “co-heirs with Him.”
Don’t doubt God’s love for you my friend.
This message was preached by Pastor Mark Totten, Grace Bible Church, Clarksville, TN. You can hear this message from Malachi and more at Grace Bible Church GraceCasts
Jeff Hawkins serves as an elder at Grace Bible Church.