Daily Devotional Library

Malachi: Our Heavenly Father Loves Us

May 1, 2017

God’s Message

Malachi 1:1-2a
A prophecy: The word of the Lord to Israel through Malachi. “I have loved you,” says the Lord.

May 2, 2017

Love Is a Choice

Genesis 27:1-41; Malachi 1:2-5
You ask, ‘How have you loved us?’ "Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the Lord. “Yet I have loved Jacob, but Esau I have hated. . . .”

May 3, 2017

Our Father Is Paying Attention to Us

Malachi 1:1-5
You will see it with your own eyes and say, ‘Great is the Lord—even beyond the borders of Israel.’

May 4, 2017

God, Our Disrespected Father

Malachi 1:6
“If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?” says the Lord Almighty.

May 5, 2017

Teachers of Contempt

Psalm 103:1-12; Malachi 1:6
It is you priests who show contempt for my name. But you ask, ‘How have we shown contempt for your name?’

May 6, 2017

To Appease or to Please

Malachi 1:6-7
But you ask, ‘How have we defiled you?’ By saying that the Lord’s table is contemptible.

May 7, 2017

Giving God Our Scraps

Malachi 1:8
“Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the Lord Almighty.

May 8, 2017

God of Our Hearts

Malachi 1:8-9
“Now plead with God to be gracious to us. With such offerings from your hands, will he accept you?” says the Lord Almighty.

May 9, 2017

Shut the Doors, Keep Out the People

Malachi 1:10-14
Oh, that one of you would shut the temple doors, so that you would not light useless fires on my altar!

May 10, 2017

Foiled by God

Malachi 2:1-2
“If you do not listen, and if you do not resolve to honor my name,” says the Lord Almighty, “I will send a curse on you.”

May 11, 2017

Let God Rule

Malachi 2:3-6
My covenant was with [Levi], a covenant of life and peace.

May 12, 2017

Teachers of Integrity

Malachi 2:6; James 2:14-18
True instruction was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin.

May 13, 2017

Break Free of Favoritism

Malachi 2:7-9
I have caused you to be despised and humiliated before all the people, because you have not followed my ways but have shown partiality in matters of the law.

May 14, 2017

Our True Family

Malachi 2:10; Colossians 3:5-11
Do we not all have one Father? Did not one God create us? Why do we profane the covenant of our ancestors by being unfaithful to one another?

May 15, 2017

Family Foundations

Malachi 2:10-12
Judah has desecrated the sanctuary the Lord loves by marrying women who worship a foreign god.

May 16, 2017

Learning to Sacrifice

Malachi 2:13; Romans 12:1, 9-13
You flood the Lord’s altar with tears. You weep and wail because he no longer looks with favor on your offerings. . . .

May 17, 2017

Sacrifice for Your Family

Malachi 2:13-14
The Lord is the witness between you and the wife of your youth. You have been unfaithful to her. . . .

May 18, 2017

God Loves Children

Malachi 2:15-16
Has not the one God made you? You belong to him in body and spirit. And what does the one God seek? Godly offspring.

May 19, 2017

God Loves Love

Malachi 2:16
Be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful.

May 20, 2017

God Is Weary of Ingratitude

Malachi 2:17
You have wearied the Lord with your words. “How have we wearied him?” you ask. By saying . . . “Where is the God of justice?”

May 21, 2017

Getting Prepared for God

Malachi 3:1
I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me.

May 22, 2017

Need to Get Clean?

Malachi 3:2; Mark 1:1-8
Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap.

May 23, 2017

Admittedly Guilty, Graciously Accepted

Malachi 3:3-4
Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord.

May 24, 2017

On the Wrong Side of Justice

Malachi 3:5
I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify. . . .

May 25, 2017

Returning to God

Malachi 3:6-7
I the Lord do not change. So you . . . are not destroyed. . . . Return to me, and I will return to you.

May 26, 2017

Come and Share God’s Table

Malachi 3:7-9
But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’ Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ In tithes and offerings.

May 27, 2017

The Floodgates of Heaven

Malachi 3:9-12
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this . . . and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven. . . .

May 28, 2017

What Does God Give?

Malachi 3:13-15
“You have spoken arrogantly against me,” says the Lord. “You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God.’”

May 29, 2017

Turned Into Treasure

Malachi 3:16-18
Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. . . . “On the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty, “they will be my treasured possession.”

May 30, 2017

Rays of Righteousness

Malachi 3:16-4:3
For you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays.

May 31, 2017

Reunion With God

Malachi 4:4-6
I will send the prophet Elijah to you. . . . He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents. . . .