I love you. You’re a mess.
But I am not done with you. The best is yet to come.
The book of Malachi is the last book in the Old Testament, probably written around the mid-fifth century. Malachi is likely a contemporary of Ezra and Nehemiah, and the people of God are discouraged and dissatisfied. The wonderful promises of a restored temple and capital in Jerusalem, of restored prominence and prosperity, have not come to pass. What was supposed to be beautiful is ugly. The people of God were tempted to believe that they would get a better life, a better return on their time and energy, if they invested elsewhere.
God sends the prophet Malachi as a wake-up call to his people, “I love you and I am not done with you. Trust me.”
I can’t wait to worship together this Sunday. Consider reading the book of Malachi this weekend. At four chapters it will only take a few minutes. Let’s all pray and prepare to hear from God this Sunday and respond together with trust.