Where Is My Honour?

A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour?  and if I be a master, where is my fear?  saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name.  And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?

Malachi 1:6

What a terrible situation in which Israel finds herself in this verse.  The priests, who are supposed to be serving the Lord and honouring Him, have despised His name.  And the saddest part is that they don’t even know it.  They have said “wherein have we despised thy name?”  They have rejected the Lord and they don’t even know it.  And those are the ones who are supposed to be the “spiritual leaders.”

God gives them a couple of simple examples: a son honouring his father and a servant honouring and fearing his master.  In both of these examples,  the honour and the fear are natural.  Nobody has to teach a son to honour his father.  It comes naturally.  Sons naturally respect, honour and want to please their fathers.  But these people didn’t even give that kind of simple, natural respect to God.

If we are going to respect anyone, shouldn’t it be God?  Our earthly fathers are obviously deserving of our honour and respect, but they are still human.  How much more should God be given our honour and respect?  He is our perfect Heavenly Father.

How do we show our honour and respect for our Heavenly Father?  The same way we respect and honour our earthly fathers: we obey them and try to please them by doing those things that we know would please them.  What would please God?  Obedience, faith, mercy and goodness to name a few.  Reading His Word pleases Him.  Talking to Him pleases Him.  There are so many ways in which we can honour Him.

Are we going to give Him His due respect and honour or are we going to be like the priests in this verse who despise Him and don’t even know it?

2 responses to this post.

  1. I loved that there are so many ways to please Him and how you mentioned that. 🙂 God bless you, Ben . . .I know that this blog pleases Him mucho!


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