Beseeching God

And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons?  saith the LORD of hosts. 

Malachi 1:9

When I read this verse, I immediately thought about our world today.  When this book was written, God had been longsuffering with His people for literally centuries.  And yet they had still rejected Him.  Now, His longsuffering was coming to an end.  Judgment was coming to the nation that had rejected Him.  Does that sound familiar?  If you look around, our nation has, for the most part, rejected the Lord.  And, if you look around, I believe that judgment is coming and, in some ways, has already started.

What did God tell His people to do in that situation?  “Beseech God that he will be gracious unto us…”  That is what we can do.  We can ask God for His mercy and for His grace.  Do we deserve His mercy and His grace?  No.  Did the nation of Israel deserve His mercy and His grace?  No.

God is very longsuffering, very merciful and very gracious.  Far from being a vengeful God, He “delights in mercy.”  He wants to have mercy on us.  He wants to show us His graciousness.  But we have to return to Him.  We have to humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways.  (II Chronicles 7:14)

Our nation is not beyond the mercy and grace of the Lord.  But we are facing the same judgment that the Israelites faced and we need to heed the advice of the Lord in this verse.  We need to humbly pray and “beseech God that he will be gracious unto us.”  As a nation, we have got to get back to the Lord.

4 responses to this post.

  1. A-men! How far we have fallen! Let us return to the sanctuary of our God!


  2. Thank you, Ben, for calling us to pray. God bless you as you go today!


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