Malichi 3:16 (NKJV)
Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, And the Lord listened and heard them So a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who feared the Lord and who meditate on His name.”
A Minister's Thought
Have you ever noticed that those who have the most exciting faith-inspiring testimonies are those who’ve been under pressure at some time in their lives? They’re the people who stayed faithful when the pressure was on. People who believed God’s promises of prosperity in the midst of desperate financial situations or people who trusted God for healing in the face of a terminal disease.
My friends, when you get into a hard spot, that’s not the time to back out on God and begin to say, “Well, God, why did You let this happen to me?” It’s not the time to step back and re-evaluate His faithfulness. It’s time to step into His Book of Remembrance and seek Him and His promising Words. To see exactly what you need to feed your spiritual hunger.
What I’m saying is this: you got to force feed yourself the Word of God and it’s vice versa to how you would feed yourself physical food. With physical food you would feed yourself until you can feel the fullness of the food take its effect. With spiritual food, the Word of God, you would have to force yourself to read it when you are full or just tired of reading it. Then there is just something about when you do this and force yourself to read it in those times when all hope seems to be gone, or you may feel tired and sleepy from reading. Our spirit begins to hunger and thirst for more of the Word of God. Spiritual hunger is the reality of your faith! Blessed are those who hungers and thirst after righteousness, for they shall find God ~Matthew 5:6.
When tough times keep dragging on and the situations around you seem to refuse to get in line with the promises of God, don’t re-evaluate God! He is not missing it, and He’s not failing. He’s simply waiting on you to speak out His Word into the atmosphere especially, during those times when you may be reading it and get full from it and sleepy. Begin to read it out loud and I can garuntee you that eventually as you stay right there in His Word, you will probably come across something that will grasp your attention to keep you in it and or receive a revelation.
During the time the Prophet Malichi wrote this book in the Old Testament, after the great turmoil of the wars of Assyrians, Babylonians, and the Medes and Persians, a period of competitive peace came to Israel’s part of the ancient world. They receiving of constant threats from international conflict did not loom over their heads. There were other voices, such as the Persians, who desired to place Israel under the Law, and there were some themselves who claimed to have feared the Lord, thought they could reevaluate the promises of God and placed the itself under the Law.
Even in their complaining under this pressure, God did not ignore those who were faithful to Him. God nevefogets His promises. God teaches us to remember and value the good that people do ~ Philippians 4:8 He does the same as He commands us. Those who meditate fear the Lord, think highly of Him, and ponder His significance as it relates to their lives.
I want to encourage you to stand firm and to keep honoring God wit your words. The Lord is listening to you when you when the pressure is on. What is He going to hear?
PRAYER: Lord, I refuse to be afraid of this weapon the devil has brought against me because I know that according to Your word, it cannot prosper. I trust You to protect me and I thank You for it now. In Jesus name. Amen!