Malachi 3:15

Malachi 3:15…”Certainly evildoers prosper, and even when they put God to the test, they get away with it.” On the surface, it often appears as though God is not just. Why does it seem like the worst people in this life prosper? Our experiences have shown us that the guilty seem to go unpunished, and are sometimes better off than those who seek to do good. We need to view things through God’s lens though. He is perfectly just, and all accounts will be brought into proper balance one day. Be thankful that he hasn’t given you all the vain earthly things you desire, because they are fool’s gold. Remember that ‘it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God (Matthew 19:24).’

For the Christian, we have much to celebrate everyday because we are not getting what we deserve (eternal punishment). With this eternal perspective, we can be freed to serve the Lord with joyful hearts, knowing that he’s blessed us in the heavenly realms, regardless of our earthly circumstances. Getting our minds and hearts lined up properly in a vertical manner (repentance and faith in Christ) will inevitably allow us to have healthy relationships horizontally (with other people) because we’ll see ourselves rightly; we are sinners saved by grace, and God has blessed us graciously despite our unbelief, pride and selfishness.

Malachi 3:3

Malachi 3:3…”He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.” He is Jesus, and this is what he is doing right now. For those who belong to him, this is absolutely true, and will be our experience. We are very valuable to Him, like a precious metal. He is patiently sitting, at the right hand of the Father, using just the right amount of heat and pressure, to conform us to His character. Slowly and sometimes painfully, we are being refined and purified. There is not a part of us untouched by this refinement and purification from sin, and the One doing the work knows us better than we know ourselves. He will bring us to glory, and the process will be complete.

Proverbs 21:2

Proverbs 21:2…”Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.” Our unbelief results in our motives being selfish in all we do. Our pride, born out of unbelief, justifies all we do. When we don’t pursue the Lord through lively and habitual faith, we sin and are quick to justify our ways. In fact, prideful unbelief is the most egregious sin, and has also been the most frequent of mankind since Adam, driving all other forms of disobedience. However, the Lord knows our motives. He evaluates our desires, and sees clearly our sinful motives even in religious activities. We need to take spiritual inventory daily, and test ourselves to be sure we’re desiring His glory in all we do. This will cause us to run to the cross in repentance increasingly as we see our desperate need for Jesus.

Psalm 139:5

Psalm 139:5…”You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.” As though we were caught in an ambush, or threatened by an army which has us completely boxed in, we are surrounded by the Lord. God has set us where we are and protects our every move. Behind us there is God recording our sins, or in grace (through repentance and faith in Christ) blotting out the remembrance of them. Before us there is God foreknowing all our deeds, and providing for all our wants. We cannot turn back and escape him, for he is behind, and we cannot go forward and outmarch him, for he is before. This should bring the believer great comfort, but is terrifying to those outside of Christ. He is perfectly holy and perfectly just, and we all desperately need the blood of His perfect Son to be sprinkled on us in order to avoid His perfect wrath. He knows and hates our sins, but has in Christ graciously provided a rescue plan from His own wrath.

Psalm 139:1

Psalm 139:1…”You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.” God has perfect knowledge of us, and is aware of all our thoughts and actions before they even occur. It is more profitable to meditate on Divine truths, applying them to our own lives, and with hearts lifted to God in prayer, than with a curious or disputing frame of mind. God knows all things being omniscient, and is everywhere, being omnipresent. These are truths acknowledged by many believers, yet they are seldom applied to our lives practically. How much more content would we be if we habitually believed God was this big? His knowledge is infinite, and He knows us better than we know ourselves.