Reading: Malachi 1:1-2:16
Summary: Malachi is not only the last book of the Old Testament (in the arrangement of books in our English Bibles), he is the last of the prophets of the Old Testament era. His is the final voice from God before the time between the Old and New Testaments, roughly 400 years.
Malachi, like other prophets, is calling God’s people to faithfulness to God, His word, and His people.
Arguing with God
I’m not a very good arguer. Whenever I get into a discussion infused with some intensity and higher than normal emotion my mind tends to shut down. My goal becomes getting out of the conflict at virtually any cost rather than sensible resolution. That personality trait does not serve me well. I’m trying to learn better.
Sometimes, though, we argue without realizing it. I suppose in its simplest form it is to counter one statement with another. The form of that counter may be verbal, it may be written, it may be by action. What we say or do is in disagreement.
That being said, we often argue with God. That’s what Malachi said. Several times, he employs the formula “…says the Lord. But you say…” (1:2, 6, 7; 2:14, 17; 3:7, 8 , 13). God’s own people were saying and doing things in disagreement with what God said. They were arguing with Him.
Take the first instance; “’I have loved you,’ says the Lord. But you say, ‘How have you loved us?’” (Mal. 1:2). That still happens doesn’t it? God’s says “I love you”—primarily through Jesus (John 3:16; 1 John 3:16). Then we hit some rough spots in life and think God should fix them or even prevent them, and when He doesn’t we think, “If God loved me He would…” God says; we say.
our top priority should be His kingdom and righteousness (Matt. 6:33)
we should put others’ concerns and interests ahead of our own (Php. 2:3)
life is not found in the abundance of one’s possessions (Luke 12:15).
blessedness is found in poverty of spirit, mourning, meekness, peacemaking, etc. (Matt. 5:3-12).
and so on.
But what do we say/do?
By the way, in case you did not know or had forgotten, arguing with God is a losing proposition.