“I am the Lord, and I do not change. That is why you descendants of Jacob are not already destroyed. Ever since the days of your ancestors, you have scorned my decrees and failed to obey them. Now return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
Malachi 3:6-7 (NLT)
God doesn’t pull any punches in these verses, does He? He essentially tells the people if He wasn’t faithful to His promises, they would have been destroyed already…and deservedly so! They had fallen short countless times, walked away from God, chased after false idols, and disobeyed commandments. They didn’t deserve another chance from God.
The most important part of this passage, though, is not the mic drop moment in verse six, but God’s invitation in verse seven: “Now return to me, and I will return to you…” God’s people had done almost nothing right, yet His invitation remained the same…return to me, and I will return to you. I wonder how many of us have thought lately that we have used up our last chance with God, or that He has changed His mind about us. This verse speaks so directly to the steadfastness and never-ending grace of our God that we cannot doubt His willingness to return to us.
My prayer this week is you will return to God by confessing your need for Him in your life. Return to Him, knowing that He will meet you and continue His good work in you.