“I Have Loved You…”

The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.  I have loved you, saith the LORD.  Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us?

Malachi 1:1-2a

The audacity of some people is amazing.  We see stories in the news sometimes that just make us shake our heads and wonder what in the world people are thinking (or if they are thinking at all).  We are continually shocked by the arrogance people and by their wilful blindness to the truth.  And, usually, when we shocked by other people, we can look deeply into our own lives and find some of the same non-thinking arrogance and wilful blindness to the truth right there within us.

The Lord tells the Israelites through the prophet Malachi that “I have loved you.”  That is a true statement.  Look at the history of the nation of Israel from the beginning of the Old Testament.  It is the story of a people who were loved by God.  God delivered them time and time again.  He helped them, He gave them a land flowing with milk and honey, He drove out their enemies before them, and He blessing them to abundance.  They then rejected Him time and time again.  These rejections were followed by chastening.  And every time the nation of Israel turned back to the Lord, He forgave them and started blessing them again.  The entire Old Testament is, in fact, a testament to God’s love for His people.

And yet, in this verse, they had the audacity to say “Wherein hast thou loved us?”  They could easily look back and see that their entire history as a nation was God’s love for them.  But they turned a blind eye to that truth and asked God when and where He had loved them.  That is a terrible thing.  But before we attack them too much for their attitude, what about us?

God has obviously loved us.  But how often do we start doubting that every time anything bad happens to us?  How often do we start murmuring and questioning His love when we go through something difficult?  God loved us so much that He sent His only begotten Son to die for us.  There is no greater love than that.  Let us never forget or even entertain the slightest doubt that God loves us.

2 responses to this post.

  1. It is sad when I can’t see His love for me! Praying that I always always see Him and know that His love is real, no matter what else is happening. There are times when I don’t feel Him, don’t know what He is doing in a situation, but I can always look to Jesus and know that He loves me and went to the cross for me.
    God bless you, Ben!


  2. I like the phrase “an everlasting love.” I haven’t loved anything with an everlasting love because, being a human, I am not capable of that. God’s love goes far beyond anything we can think of. That encourages me.


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