The Unchanging God: The God who always forgives.

The Unchanging God:  The God who always forgives. Mal. 3:7 

Read Malachi 3:1-7

“For I, the Lord, do not change”

            Malachi was the last of the Old Testament prophets.  Sent to the people of Israel to bring one last warning for them to turn from their sin.  In 722 B.C., the northern nation of Israel had been cast into exile because of their idolatry. In 586 B.C. the southern nation of Judah would follow them in captivity.  Time and time again, God had sent prophets to warn them of their impending judgment if they did not repent.  But they callously refused to listen and so they were cast into exile.   However, God did not abandon them and in 516 B.C, and again in 458 B.C. and 444 B.C., God would move in the hearts of their captors to allow the people of Israel to return to the land that was promised to them by God.

            However, even after their punishment and restoration, they continued to disobey God.  So, once again, God would send prophets to warn them of their sin, but like before, they continued to ignore God’s appeal.  Malachi was the last prophet sent, brining both a word of warning but also a word of hope.  In chapters 1 and 2, Malachi rebukes the unfaithfulness of the priests and the people.  In chapter 3 verses 1-5 he warns them that God will again come in discipline and judgment as he seeks to purge Israel of their immorality and idolatry.  

            However, in the mist of this warning, he offers a glimmer of hope that even though Israel would experience the devastation of God’s discipline, he will not totally destroy them.  But it is the reason why God would not consume them that captures our attention and gives us hope today.  Their hope and our hope today is grounded in the unchanging nature of God. When God pledged his commitment and promise to Abraham, Moses and David that he would establish the nation of Israel and they would be the source of his blessing to the world he bound himself to it.  Regardless of their unfaithfulness, when they return in repentance, he would still pour out his goodness upon them.  Because he does not change, neither does his promises.  Even in spite of their sin, God would still remain faithful to the promise, thus his assurance that he would not completely destroy them in judgment.

            This is the same God who has pledged his faithfulness to us and his commitment to accept us back into fellowship no matter how great our sin (see 1 John 1:9).  Even when we have walked away from him in rebellion and indifference, he is always ready and willing to accept us back and pour out his blessings upon us.  No matter how far we may stray from his word, he is always there and available and ready to restore our lives. Adversity and difficulties in life always cause us to pause and reevaluate our relationship with God.  It is a time for spiritual reflection to ensure that we are walking in obedience to God and in fellowship with him.  Because he never changes, today you have the promise that he is always ready to restore and forgiven even our greatest sin. Today ask God to give you a desire to know him and he promises he will fulfill that prayer.

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