“For I am the LORD, I do not change; Therefore, you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. 7 Yet from the days of your fathers you have gone away from My ordinances and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,” Says the LORD of hosts. Malachi 3:6-7 (NKJV)
What an amazing verse of scripture! What is God saying here? Simply put, He is allowing Israel to receive an abundance of grace. He is offering an undeserved redemption to ones who deserved the opposite. Remember, He has spent much of the past two chapters of Malachi rebuking Israel for her lack of devotion. He has reminded her of the many ways that she has turned away from Him.
While He has remained steadfast, Israel has gone astray. One would expect a completely different reaction from a slighted King than the one we see here in these verses. Instead of reacting in judgment, God is reacting with a heart of restoration. He is reminding Israel that though they have changed, He has not.
Despite her tendency to discard the relationship with God at will, He has no plan to judge them for their sin. Instead He is reminding them that His love, mercy, devotion, and promises are still on the table. You see, God isn’t an insecure Father that feels the need to destroy those who have been less than faithful. Instead, He is offering Israel a path back to His blessings.
Isn’t it great to know that this is the heart of our Father. Despite our continued reaction of indifference to His awe inspiring love, He wants to restore not just Israel; but us as well. I find it truly amazing to encounter such mercy and grace. The God that owes us nothing wants to give us everything. Though we have been unfaithful, He has chosen to remain faithful. Where else but God can we find such forgiveness and love?
The answer to that question is easy: NOWHERE!