READ : Malachi 3:13-17
“They will be mine,” says the Lord Almighty. (v. 17, NIV)
In yet another argument with his people, the Lord begins once more with a statement of fact. “You have said harsh things against me.” The people were at it again, complaining that the Lord didn’t care about obedience and disobedience. But in verse 16 we are introduced to a believing few that still fear the Lord and honor his name. To this remnant, the Lord offers three final words of grace.
First, the Lord says, “Take heart. You are mine.” For many years I kept a T-shirt I got in sixth grade. Even though it was too small, I saved it for special occasions. On the front of the shirt was a plastic pig’s head with the words “Ham it up.” It was a treasured possession and I was sad to finally part with it. Sometimes our affection for things is out of all proportion to their intrinsic worth.
God loves us far beyond our worth. We are his treasured possession. Like a father spares his son, so will God spare us. He promises us a future. “He has declared that he will set you in praise, fame and honor high above all the nations he has made and that you will be a people holy to the Lord your God, as he promised” (Deuteronomy 26:19, NIV).
O Lord, we are yours. Keep us to the end. Amen.