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I Have Loved You

Malachi 1:2

“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,

RayMcDAt a recent Bible study – I asked the question – how has God been active in your life? We had a number of answers. Some talked about miracles they had experienced. I shared – once again – about my tractor-trailer accident. Some talked about family members coming through seemingly impossible medical issues. Some talked about their salvation experience. Some talked about spiritual high moments when they felt especially close to God. Some talked about some very emotional things – and the whole group felt a bit of their experience. We talked about God’s love for us and how He shows it.

How has God been active in your life? Think about that for a moment. Have you experienced any miracles? Have you seen the Holy Spirit at work in your life? Have you felt a certain closeness with God at any time in your life? Do you regularly experience the presence of God in your life? God loves us and shows it in so many ways.

Throughout the Old Testament – some in Israel would experience doubt about God’s love for them or His presence in their lives (haven’t we?). Israel would claim that God had abandoned them or wasn’t blessing them. Israel would express their doubt and often God would reveal Himself in ways that have been recorded in the Scriptures. Today’s passage is one of those times.

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. In my Bible this section is titled – Israel Doubts God’s Love. Malachi 1:2–5 – 2 “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, 3 but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his hill country into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals.” 4 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. 5 You will see it with your own eyes and say, ‘Great is the Lord—even beyond the borders of Israel!’

How has God shown His love for you – for us? Of course – Jesus left heaven to show us His love. Christ died on the cross for us – to show us His love. If we have doubt about the love of God – like Israel – all we need do is – examine our lives. God’s hand is all over our lives. Even during the bad times – God is present with us. God has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. God’s love is always present.

God is real – and God is active in our lives. I don’t really care what the secular world says. You can ask Siri or Alexa – and they might tell you that God is not real or that heaven isn’t either. But what do you expect from a world that tries to get us to believe that we came from Monkeys or from fish? God’s love is real and He shows it all the time.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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August 30, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , ,

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