Be Encouraged

Malachi 3:16-18 (NLT)
16  Then those who feared the LORD spoke with each other, and the LORD listened to what they said. In his presence, a scroll of remembrance was written to record the names of those who feared him and always thought about the honor of his name.
17  “They will be my people,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. “On the day when I act in judgment, they will be my own special treasure. I will spare them as a father spares an obedient child.
18  Then you will again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.”

              I read this passage this morning and couldn’t help but be encouraged. These are words of our Lord that He speaks of those who fear him. Those who speak often of the Lord are those who He identifies as the ones He listens to. The things that we speak about regularly are the things that we care about the most. If we speak of our family often, others are able to identify with our passion for family. If we speak of our hobbies often, then the same is true as well. Our speech reflects our passions. If God is our passion, then people will hear that as well. Think about God being our audience while we speak of Him in our normal conversations throughout the day with different people. Just the mention of His name as we go about our normal routines causes Him to take notice of us.

He then goes on to speak of a book of remembrance that has our names recorded. A statement is then made concerning those same people that offers a promise of deliverance when judgement is finally passed upon this world. All of this alone is encouraging but the one thing that stands out most in this entire passage speaks to how God views those who honor His name. He calls them “his own special treasure”. When I look at my life with all of my failures and shortcomings, it amazes me that He would see past all of those and still desire to call me “his own special treasure”.

Be encouraged. Your Heavenly Father loves you and desires to spend time with you. Speak of him often and think of Him throughout your day. Call on Him regularly as you carry out the tasks of your day. Know that He’s watching and that He listens to His children.

Pastor Ralph


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