Malachi Chapter 3 – I The Lord Do Not Change

I The Lord Do Not Change Malachi Chapter 3

Everything we yearn for, He is.  We crawl around like blind kittens seeking their mother looking for the perfect relationship, that person to complete us.  Until we look up, we will continue to blindly search.  We look here at Malachi Chapter 3.

Malachi Chapter 3

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We yearn for stability and steadfastness.  “I the Lord do not change” ( Malachi Chapter 3 :6 ).  “God is not a man that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind” (Numbers 23:19).  “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1:17).

Unfaithfulness, or adultery, is the only offense that Jesus allowed as a valid cause for divorce.  It is something Israel committed repeatedly in following other gods and caused the wrath of God to come mightily upon them.  Over two thousand years later, according to the website Lawyer Locator, it still in the top five reasons for divorce.

We look further at other quotes outside of Malachi Chapter 3.  God will never leave nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6).  “He [God] who watches over you will not slumber” (Psalm 131:3).  “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;  his mercies never come to an end; they are new  every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).  His faithfulness stretches to the sky (Psalm 36:5).  He has promised over and over that He will be with us always, even, as Matthew 28:30 says, “to the very end of the age.”  He is faithful.  He will never betray us.  He is completely trustworthy.  There is no fear of abandonment with God because He will never leave you.  You can walk away from Him, but even then He waits for your return, and when you do return He will run down the road to meet you.  He stands by the gate and watches for you daily (Luke 15:11-32).

Clearly from other Bible quotes than Malachi Chapter 3 we can see we long to find someone to love and appreciate us as we are, and it is true that God wants to make you over but it is not because you are not good enough.  He wants to transform you into the image of Christ for your sake.  It is much like the beloved fairy tale where the downtrodden heroine is whisked away by a handsome prince, taken from squalor to live in a castle, from misery to a charmed life.  That is exactly what Jesus does for us!  I think Walt Disney might have plagiarized just a bit with his fairy tales!  God is the King, Jesus is the Prince and we are the ones rescued from slavery to sin (I guess that makes us the Princess).

No other relationship will ever come close.  Paul said, “What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:8).  Jesus said that we cannot love anyone more than we love Him.  Does that sound narcissistic?  It isn’t.  If we put God first, He will give us all things pertaining to life and godliness.  There can be nothing between us and God because He is the well spring of life.

Love for God is love without risk.  Human love is fickle; God’s love is not.  The relationship that we seek to fill us up is a relationship with God.  Once we find it, we are made whole.  Those who never find it will forever search because the yearning we feel, the emptiness, is the place in our souls that God should be.  Find Him, you fill it.  Without Him, you will keep looking.  Surrender to the love of the Father and you can be filled with the only thing that truly satisfies.

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