Saturday, December 28, 2019

Malachi 1 & 2

Today's reading in our daily plan is Malachi 1 & 2. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Malachi is the final book of the Old Testament, and it contains stern warnings to followers of God who had begun to put their own interests above the desires of God. Like other books of the Old Testament, God speaks through a prophet (a person He uses to deliver messages on His behalf).
  • When this book was written, animal sacrifices were required to restore one's good standing with God. The idea was that sacrificing an animal would make up for the sins of the people. (Many years later, when Jesus was crucified, He gave Himself as the ultimate sacrifice so we no longer have to kill animals.)
  • In these chapters, God warns His people that they will be cursed if they keep taking their focus off of Him. People were giving low-quality sacrifices, couples were divorcing, and worship of God was being replaced with worship of idols. Even priests, who were supposed to have a more direct connection with God, were failing to honor the commitments they had made to Him.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • If we surround ourselves with people and habits that pull us away from God, we can easily drift away from the life He wants us to live.
  • We need to create intentional time throughout the day to thank God, and to ask Him to be with us in each moment.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • What would your day look like if you prayed more often? Try setting an alarm on your phone to remind you to talk to God for a few minutes every few hours. The more we center mind on Him, the easier it will be to step into the furure He wants for us.