Malachi 3:13 “You have spoken arrogantly against me,” says the Lord. “Yet you ask, ‘What have we said against you?’ 14 You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God. What do we gain by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before the Lord Almighty? 15 But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly evildoers prosper, and even when they put God to the test, they get away with it.’” 16 Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in His presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored His name. 17 “On the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty, “they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him. 18 And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.
We must not become weary of doing what is right, even though it is usually a seemingly thankless task in this world that is led by the forces of evil. Yes, we can often see the wicked prospering all around us in this brief life, but we must have the faith to trust that God sees and will remember those who fear Him and honor Him and His name. We must Fear God enough to avoid taking the easy route that so many people take to their eternal destruction. I often can’t see hardly any others around me who fear God, even in the churches.
Psalm 36:1 The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.
However, the passage above from Malachi 3 tells me that I should not only fear God, but that I should honor God’s name.
Exodus 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
Let me define a couple words:
Envy = Wanting that which belongs or is due to others.
Jealousy = Wanting that which belongs or is due to you.
Covetousness and envy are bad. Jealousy is an enduring character trait of God, and Jealous is God’s name. Often times the words “envy” and “jealousy” get used almost interchangeably, even in some Bible translations, and some people will blur the definitions, which leads to confusion, and insults that name of God.
James 4:5 Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: “He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us”?
We belong to God. He not only made us, but, He has also redeemed us again, from our waywardness, at the precious price of Christ’s lifeblood. And God jealously desire’s His own spirit to posses us. Let’s not tempt the Lord God, whose holy name is Jealous, by envying too long the temporal blessings that He so mercifully gives to the doomed, those unfaithful vessels, storing up His wrath, foreordained to destruction. Instead let us honor God’s name and delight that the lover of our soul, Jealous, has eternal rest and resplendent reward and joy and good company, including His own presence, prepared for those of us who are truly redeemed. And let us be thankful that we have been counted worthy to suffer for our Father as His faithful sons and daughters, just as Christ also suffered, so that we could be joint heirs with Christ of our Father’s bountiful heavenly kingdom and His unspoiled world to come.