June 21, 2017
READ: Malachi 2:10-16
So guard your heart (v.16).
Two different friends from different spheres of my life—one a man, one a woman—told me about their unfaithful spouses during the same week. Both felt betrayed and angry. They wondered if they would ever feel whole again.
The book of Malachi is about another broken relationship. As part of the line of Abraham, the people of Judah shared a covenant—a special agreement of commitment—with God (Genesis 12:1-3; Malachi 2:10). They were meant to show the world what it looks like to love and serve Him, but they were straying. Additionally, some of Judah’s men were committing adultery. Malachi speaks of their two betrayals at the same time, using their adultery to help them understand the severity of their sin against God (vv.11-14).
Can the same thing be said of some followers of Jesus? Am I sometimes the same as the people of Judah? Do I strive after things that lead me away from God?
Jesus calls His followers out of faithless living and into a covenant relationship with Him (Hebrews 10:16-18; 1 Peter 2:9-10). He also equips His followers to serve Him and promises that the Holy Spirit will indwell them (John 14:15-17). If you’re a disciple of Jesus, He truly has these things for you.
In a counterintuitive way, today’s passage reminds us of what a covenant relationship with God looks like. Judah’s disobedience helps us understand God’s faithfulness. Their corruption illumines God’s holiness (His perfect, transcendent nature), and their betrayal underscores His righteousness.
Worship God because He has—and always will—keep His covenants. “Guard your heart”, confess any sin that lingers and enjoy the peace and love of a committed relationship with God today (Malachi 2:16).
365-day plan: John 4:1-42
The last verses of Malachi reinforce the prophet’s covenant theme. Read Malachi 4:4-6 as well as Matthew 11:13-15 and praise God for staying true to His covenants.
What can you do today to strengthen your relationship with Jesus? How will you worship Him for who He is and what He’s done?