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An Invitation to Grace: Malachi 2

Updated on May 18, 2013

His Ways Are Not Our Ways

The beginning of Malachi 2 opens with a warning of God's cursing instead of blessing and towards the beginning of Genesis, it opens the same way. In Genesis 2:16-17 God says, "...You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die." God did not say if we will eat of it, but when. We became cursed when our eyes became opened with the knowledge of evil. Until that point, we were blessed with everything Good. The curse was placed upon us, separation from God and banishment from His perfect paradise. In Malachi 2:2 God says, "Indeed, I have cursed you already..." and so we see the blessing of a relationship with Him as being torn from our grasp. Why would God plan it this way? In the beginning we were created in His image, blessed with the Goodness of God in everything, and yet still "...His thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are our ways His ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are His ways higher than our ways and His thoughts than our thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9 His knowledge knows know limits, yet we being but dust and flesh are limited in our vision. "We are all like grass, and all our glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever." 1 Peter 1:24-25 He allows our eyes to be opened, so we realize that we are lacking and He alone is Capable. As Isaiah 55:13 says, "This will be for the Lord's renown..." and so He paves the Way for His Glory to be revealed, for all to know Him as Lord of lords and King of kings. He desires for us to acknowledge our need for Him and in Malachi 2:2 He is pointing to the Way for us to come to Him. God's if here points to Christ, the only Way to be reconciled to Him. God says, "If you do not listen and if you do not set your heart to honor my name, I will send a curse upon you..." He knows that in our limited selves we are not capable and so He places the curse upon Himself nailing it to the Cross of Christ. The Good we were blessed with in the beginning can become our Delight when we entrust our lives to Him. Then the Grace we freely accept, indwells us and overflows into the lives of others, "...accomplishing what He desires and achieving the purpose for which He was sent." Isaiah 55:11. Not only are we blessed with God's Goodness, but our "...soul will delight in the richest of fare." Isaiah 55:2

God's Grace In Motion

God invites us to share in His Grace, not only for ourselves, but also to draw others to Him. Here are two examples of God's Grace in motion, the first one revolving around our acceptance of Him as Lord of our lives and the second one showing how His Grace in us can be extended into the lives of others.

I was in the midst of planning my daughter's birthday party, making what should have been a simple and quick phone call. I was talking to the somewhat cheerful employee asking straight forward questions about the details of the party. She had the appearance of knowing and yet she was faltering. You see I had talked to a different employee previously who went to the correct source to get all the details she needed. I knew this second employee was limited in her knowledge, depending on herself, not willing to go to the source to get the right answers. Isn't this how we respond at times, anxious about our limitations and hiding under garments of our own choosing instead of delighting in the covering of Christ? Isn't this how Adam and Eve reacted to the cunningness of the serpent, their apprehension giving way to foolishness? Malachi 2:16 points to this unfaithfulness, "...I hate a man's covering himself with violence as well as with his garment..." When we allow sin to contaminate our lives, we are left hiding under the garment of shame. But in our faithlessness Christ desires for us to see Him as the Faithful One, who will "...clothe us with His garments of salvation and array us in His robe of Righteousness..." Isaiah 61:10. It is His invitation to us to choose Him, the only True Source.

A teacher was very young, fresh out of college. She had a young class and obviously limited experience. A shortcoming of hers was addressed for the second time and she justified her actions, yet was sorry for them. When we acknowledge our shortcomings, God is able to forgive us and fill our lives with His Joy. The difference between the second employee in the example above and the teacher is clear. The employee had a heart of pride, but the teacher had a heart of understanding. She understood she was lacking, but the employee refused to ackowledge any weakness. We don't desire for our limitations to be revealed or for our lack of knowledge to be made known, but when we do we can delight in the richest of fare, an abiding relationship with Christ. He loves you as you are and is waiting for you to turn your heart towards Him, to be your Blessing and to bring you Joy. Are you thirsty? Are you hungry? Are you in need? He says, "Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost." Isaiah 55:1. Then, He will lavish you with His love and your heart could desire nothing more.

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      Jerry W Hulse 3 years ago from Kingsport, Tennessee

      Very Inspiring and true.

      Life's experiences tend to give us more insight on this precious gift.

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      lab143 3 years ago

      Thank you both so much skye2day and Precious Pearl! Your comments are a great source of encouragement for me. My heart feels much lighter now. Blessings to you both!

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      Precious Pearl 3 years ago

      Beautiful! I loved this hub. Thank you for writing from His heart.

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      skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Dear lab143 Absolutely beautiful truth and inspiring. Gods word is ours alleluia sister. For our benefit. You are such a blessed and gifted writer. I love coming to read one of your studies. I love you precious woman. Please keep em coming. We so need you here at the hubs of love. Thank you for standing on the Rock and sharing the good news. Phil 4:13 Hugs Galore precious woman. Skye

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      lab143 4 years ago

      Hi whonu! Thank you so much reading this hub and for your thought-provoking comment! I believe God has given me this life with many chances. Because Christ is my Savior, His Mercy is continuous and I'm thankful that I can wake up daily to a fresh start with Him. Each fresh start helps us to see our need for a Savior, gives us a chance for change, and to improve upon this life He has given us. Yes, so thankful that Christ is the Rock of my Salvation! Thanks for stopping by and I'll come over your way as well! Jennifer

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Nice work my friend. As a student of the Christian faith all of my life, I've often wondered if we were given many lives, each one a reflection of the past one and in an attempt to improve upon the soul going before. I am not a believer in or by definition,reincarnation, except that I believe that our souls do indeed go on forever and to serve as a model for our heritage, be it as good or bad. Be it a human trait, that our minds do wander, we may all thank our Lord God, that He is the rock of our salvation. whonu

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      lab143 4 years ago

      Ms. Dora~Thank you so much for your feedback! I'm blessed by your words. So true, Ms. Dora: "Christ is the Vine; we are the branches...apart from Him we can do nothing." John 15:5 It's that abiding relationship with Him that makes us able.

      Jo~Thanks for stopping by! I so appreciate your comments. Yes, thankful for the Holy Spirit's conviction that shows my need for Christ, my Savior. I will stop by your way as well!

      In Christ~Jennifer

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

      What a blessing this is to read. You explained well and lack nothing in the details and promises of our Lord. When we read, meditate and are in constant fellowship with him this helps our life and we are perfected in his image. :)

      James 4:8. "draw near to me, and I will draw near to you"

      Thank you for sharing!~Shalom

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for sharing your insight on God's invitation to His Grace. That abiding relationship with Christ is what makes us aware of our need and God's ready supply. You gave two good illustrations.

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      lab143 4 years ago

      Dear Faith! I so appreciate you taking the time to read this hub and am blessed by your encouraging words. God's Grace abounds in you and I am thankful to Him for your kindness! Love~Jennifer

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      I am so thankful that His ways are not our ways!!! Amen on that one. Thank you for this beautiufl hub here to glorify our Lord God by sharing His truths.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing (will come back to share, buttons not showing up at the moment)

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper