What a way to close out the Old Testament, right? After the last verse in chapter 4, God was silent for 400 years. If you don’t include the New Testament into the Bible, which not everyone does, then these are the last words God spoke to his people. Kind of intense. I can’t get away from this:
“ ‘I am the Lord, and I do not change. That is why you descendants of Jacob are not already destroyed. Ever since the days of your ancestors, you have scorned my decrees and failed to obey them. Now return to me, and I will return to you,’ says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” 3:6
Because of God’s character, we are spared what we deserve. Even though we’ve failed him over and over again, he still wants to reconcile and reunite.
God doesn’t change. He doesn’t waver with culture, become more modern, get lenient on things or add in more rules. He’s really, really clear with us.
Meanwhile, we are wishy-washy. Fickle. Selfish. Prone to abandoning him.
What do you need to stop your feet from following and return to God? What are you following instead of God? Approval? Success? Money? A relationship? The illusion of safety?
Tomorrow we get to jump back in the New Testament, reading through Mark!