• Malachi Preaches God’s Love for Israel Devotional

    Malachi 1:1–5

    In Romans 9, Paul applies the election of the people of Israel to individual believers, telling us that those who are saved have been chosen from the foundation of the world. Divine election assures us of God’s love and that we belong to Him now and always if we trust in Him alone. If you believe in Christ, you are elect. And if you are elect, you have been elected and loved by God in Christ from all eternity. Nothing could be more secure than that. View Resource

  • Polluting the Lord’s Table Devotional

    Malachi 1:6–14

    The covenant meals during the old covenant all pointed to the marriage supper of the Lamb, which will occur when Jesus appears to judge the world (Rev. 19:6–8). In a new way, and until then, the Lord’s Supper anticipates that day, for in it we proclaim the Lord’s death until He returns. Let us eat the covenant meal in reverence, looking forward to the day when Christ will consummate His kingdom and living like that day has already dawned. View Resource

  • Vain Priestly Offerings Devotional

    Malachi 1:6–14

    God wants all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength in all that we do, but particularly in the case of worship. If we are not endeavoring to worship according to His commands and with the right intent, it would be better for us not to worship at all. He does not seek perfect worship from us at the present time, which is impossible given our sinful condition. What He seeks is true, intentional worship that is a testimony to His great glory. View Resource

  • Problems in Post-Exilic Judah Devotional

    Malachi 2

    Scripture tells us that marrying someone who does not share the beliefs of the covenant community leads to trouble. For example, Solomon’s marriages to pagan women led him astray and gave paganism a foothold in Israel (1 Kings 11:1–8). If you are single and looking for a spouse, you must look for a Christian. Married couples should encourage one another in the Lord. If you are already married to a non-Christian, pray daily for your spouse’s salvation. View Resource

  • Waiting for the LORD at His temple Devotional

    Malachi 3

    Dr. R.C. Sproul has often pointed out that Malachi 3:10 is the only place in Scripture where God commands us to put Him to the test. It is otherwise sinful to test the Lord, but we may test Him with the tithe. When we give to the work of the Lord, He promises to bless us and meet our needs—not necessarily to make us rich materially but to satisfy us and make us content. Let us give to the Lord’s work that we might see Him keep His promises. View Resource

  • God Unchanging Devotional

    Malachi 3:6

    One of the most comforting truths that we can ever lay hold of is the truth that God’s character cannot change. He is not capricious and He can always be trusted to fulfill His promises. Men and women may change and not be true to who we think they are, but the Lord is always faithful to us. Let us never be afraid that He will act in a manner that does not line up with the way He has revealed Himself in the Bible. View Resource

  • God Unchanging Devotional

    Malachi 3:6

    Take some time today to meditate on the Lord’s unchanging character. Even the most faithful Christian doesn’t act according to his new disposition at all times, but God is always reliable. We can always trust in His holiness, justice, goodness, love, and every other attribute of His being. Think of some ways in which His unchanging mercy has been evident in your life. Thank Him for this and go tell of His wonderful presence to others. View Resource

  • The God Who Never Changes Devotional

    Malachi 3:6

    We live in a fallen world, and so it is easy to be fearful. Change is ever present, and not every change is positive. If we trust in Christ, however, we have no reason to be afraid. We are relying on the One who is incapable of changing and who will never allow His promises to fail. When we are fearful, let us remember that God and His goodness to us are unchanging; thus, we are ever secure in Him. View Resource

  • Stealing from God Devotional

    Malachi 3:6-12

    It is tempting to give God only the leftovers after we have spent our income on ourselves. Yet this should not be the attitude of the Lord’s people, for what we own is His, and He has said that a portion of it belongs to the work of His kingdom. As we sit down to write checks and issue payments each month, let us give to our Father first by supporting gospel ministers and helping the needy — especially those in Christ’s church the world over. View Resource

  • How to Be a Good Steward Devotional

    Malachi 3:8–12

    We want to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Savior, but our growth will be hindered if we study the Bible all day yet do not bring our tithes and offerings to the Lord. How can we improve in our giving? One practical way is to make and live on a budget, which is wise even on an earthly level. Yet budgeting is also a great thing to do from a heavenly perspective because it helps us see how we can give more abundantly to God’s work. Let us steward our time and money to His glory. View Resource

  • How to Be a Good Steward Devotional

    Malachi 3:8–12

    Dr. R.C. Sproul notes that we are free today to give to a variety of Christian causes because in the new covenant there is no longer just one storehouse as under the old covenant. The lion’s share of the tithe should go to one’s local church, he says, but we may also contribute to Christian schools and seminaries, parachurch ministries, and mission organizations as part of our giving. Are you giving to the Lord’s work according to His demands? View Resource

  • The Coming Day of the LORD Devotional

    Malachi 4

    The hardest thing about the life of faith is that the Lord often seems slow to keep His promises. Sometimes we feel like we must wait, wait, and then wait some more for God to intervene. Faith, however, trusts that God is not slow but is working out all things in His time. It was hundreds of years after Malachi’s day that the Messiah came—but He came. As we wait for His return and for answers to prayer, we must remember that all this will come as well. View Resource