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Pastor's Blog - What Time is It - Devotion Mon Nov 5

What Time is It - Devotion Mon Nov 5

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

Our current messages series is "What Time Is It? You can watch or download a podcast of the yesterday's messages (sanctuary message by Pastor Kuehl or Bridge message by Pastor Strobel) 

Next weekend's message is based on Malachi 4. I have written this week's devotions to prepare you for that message by helping you read through this short prophetic book. I've attached the entire week's devotions if you would like to print them or share them with others.

God bless your meditation on His Holy Word!

Pastor Pete

Monday, November 5, 2018
Malachi 1:1-5 – You Love Him More than Me!

Did you ever feel like your mom or dad loved one of the other kids more than you?

Join the club! That’s the issue Malachi begins with. “God, you really don’t love me like you love others.” God’s people complained that God loved the descendants of Esau (the Edomites to the south of Israel) more than he loved Israel.

A prophecy: The word of the Lord to Israel through Malachi.

“I have loved you,” says the Lord.

“But you ask, ‘How have you loved us?’

“Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the Lord. “Yet I have loved Jacob, but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his hill country into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals.”

Edom may say, “Though we have been crushed, we will rebuild the ruins.”
But this is what the Lord Almighty says: “They may build, but I will demolish. They will be called the Wicked Land, a people always under the wrath of the Lord.You will see it with your own eyes and say, ‘Great is the Lord—even beyond the borders of Israel!’ (Malachi 1:1-5)

“God, you seem to love other people more than me!” Ever had that thought in your head? They are prettier, healthier, wealthier… you name it. And sometimes they may even throw it back in your face. In their proud words or actions, it feels like they are saying, “God loves me more than he loves you.”

Ouch! It hurts!

But what is the reality? “I have loved you,” says the Lord. How do you know? In New Testament times, we Christians can go back to the cross. That’s where you can be certain of God’s love. Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. That means he took your sin away. “I have loved you,” says the Lord.

Let’s confess the times we’ve challenged God: “Lord, I’ve been comparing myself to others and you seem to be treating them better than you are treating me.” Let’s recognize the same sinful attitude as Peter had when Jesus foretold Peter’s manner of death. Peter asked, “What about John?” (John 21:21) Jesus answer? “What is that to you? Follow me.”

Jesus loved Peter. Jesus loved John. He had different plans for each of them.

God certainly has different plans for you than anyone else. His plan may lead through cancer or the death of a loved one or financial hardships. But be sure of this. “I have loved you,” says the LORD.


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