This letter that I am writing is about reaping—the reaping of what you have sown previously. As I write this letter, I pray that we have sown good seeds and truly repented for all the bad seeds. For the past couple of days, I’ve been in prayer. After prayer, I read the book of Malachi. I urge everyone to read the book of Malachi but don’t just read it; ask God for the Spirit of understanding and revelation as you read.
In the book of Malachi chapter 4 verses 1-3 it reads: “For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace, and all the arrogant (proud, self-righteous, haughty), and every evildoer shall be stubble; and the day that is coming shall set them on fire,” says the Lord of hosts, “so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. 2 But for you who fear My name [with awe-filled reverence] the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go forward and leap [joyfully] like calves [released] from the stall. 3 You will trample the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day that I do this,” says the Lord of hosts.
I know Malachi chapter 4 is very straightforward, but let God be true and every man a lie. In Malachi chapter 4 verses 1-3, the Lord is telling us that he is going to deal with the evildoers and the wicked. Also, he is going to bless the righteous. After reading the word of God, there were so many things that were addressed in the book of Malachi. Chapter 4 verses 1-3 is stating we are about to reap what we have sown.
In Malachi chapter 1, God was questioning the people about his honor, respect, and sacrifice.
Malachi chapter 1:6-9: “‘A son honors his father, and a servant his master. Then if I am a Father, where is My honor? And if I am a Master, where is the [reverent] fear and respect due Me?’ says the Lord of hosts to you, O priests, who despise My name. But you say, ‘How and in what way have we despised Your name?’ 7 You are presenting defiled food upon My altar. But you say, ‘How have we defiled You?’ By thinking that the table of the Lord is contemptible and may be despised. 8 When you [priests] present the [c]blind [animals] for sacrifice, is it not evil? And when you present the lame and the sick, is it not evil? Offer such a thing [as a blind or lame or sick animal] to your governor [as a gift or as payment for your taxes]. Would he be pleased with you? Or would he receive you graciously?” says the Lord of hosts. 9 “But now will you not entreat God’s favor, that He may be gracious to us? With such an offering from your hand [as an imperfect animal for sacrifice], will He show favor to any of you?” says the Lord of hosts.
After reading Malachi chapter 1, it is my advice to stop and do a heart check on yourself. Today, my question is, are you walking around with malice, greed, unforgiveness, or hate in your heart? Are you lifting your hands and worshiping God with these things loaded in your heart? Ask God to create in you a clean heart and renew a right spirit within you. Ask God to search your heart and shine the light on the things that need to be changed and allow Jesus to transform you so that your sacrifice and worship will come from a pure heart. The word of God says that we are being built for a place for God to dwell.
Continuing to Malachi chapter 2 verses 11-17 reads: Judah has been treacherous (disloyal), and an repulsive act has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah has profaned the sanctuary of the Lord which He loves, and has married the daughter of a foreign god. 12 As for the man who does this, may the Lord cut off from the tents of Jacob to the last man those who do this [evil thing], awake and aware, even the one who brings an offering to the Lord of hosts.
13 This is another thing you do: you cover the altar of the Lord with tears, with [your own] weeping and sighing, because the Lord no longer regards your offering or accepts it with favor from your hand. 14 But you say, “Why [does He reject it]?” Because the Lord has been a witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously. Yet she is your marriage companion and the wife of your covenant [made by your vows]. 15 But not one has done so who has a remnant of the Spirit. And what did that one do while seeking a godly offspring? Take heed then to your Spirit, and let no one deal treacherously against the wife of your youth. 16 “For I hate [a]divorce,” says the Lord, the God of Israel, “and him who covers his garment with wrong and violence,” says the Lord of hosts. “Therefore keep watch on your spirit, so that you do not deal treacherously [with your wife].” 17 You have wearied the Lord with your words. But you say, “In what way have we wearied Him?” In that, you say, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and He delights in them,” or [by asking], “Where is the God of justice?”
Marriage is sacred to God, and people are not taking it seriously anymore. The divorce rate is astronomical amongst believers today. The more significant issue is this are we seeking God about who to connect with, and by seeking God, I mean, are you praying and sometimes fasting to see who and where God is leading you to in life. Not who your mom, dad, sister, cousin, church, or family likes you have to pay attention to where and whom God is leading you to because what we have just read, the believers were cheating on their wives. Also, the men were marrying women who do not worship the same God that they worship. In other words, they were marrying women who did not worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Marriage is not a religion issue; it is a heart issue. So would you please ask yourself, is the person you are pursuing, or are allowing to pursue, you worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? Does the person believe that God sent his only son Jesus Christ on earth to die for the world’s sins?
As I conclude this letter, I want to remind us always to have a heart of repentance towards God. Make repentance a daily thing; always self-reflect and ask God to forgive you of anything you’ve held or are holding in your heart. Ask God to forgive you for anything you have done in word, deed, action, mind, body, or Spirit. Ask him to create in you a clean heart so that you can worship him in Spirit and truth.