Welcome to His Encouragement Thursday! I don’t know about you, but Thursdays are my struggle day of the week. By Thursday, I have already been working hard at school and at home, and I just wish it would hurry up and be Friday already. LOL! I definitely need a little extra Jesus time on Thursdays.
Trisha, my blogger friend at Joy of Reading, and I decided on calling this post “His Encouragement” because our real source of peace, strength, and security can only come from Jesus Christ. He and He alone is our constant! We pray and hope that these Thursday posts become a real encouragement to you and help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. God bless!
Today’s Thursday Encouragement comes from:
Malachi 2:17 (ESV)
You have wearied the Lord with your words. But you say, “How have we wearied Him?” By saying, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and He delights in them.” Or by asking, “Where is the God of justice?”
Israel, c. 445 BC.
God calls to Malachi. He says, “Malachi, profess my weariness.” Malachi says, “OK,” and tells God’s people, “Your words and actions weary the Lord.”
They are indignant. “What do you mean we weary the Lord!?”
Malachi explains, “You say good is evil, and evil is good. You say God delights in you but you are doing and saying evil. And, you call out seeking the Lord of justice, but you don’t really want justice. You want what you want when you want it. You want justice according to you. God is tired of you.”
Now back to today:
God calls His Church. He says, “Behold! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone should hear My Voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20 ESV). The church yells back, “Quiet with the knocking already, we’re busy doing church (our way)!”
God walks away weary.
Malachi 2 tells us that we weary the Lord. To be weary means to feel or show tiredness. God is tired. Why? Because His people want things their way. Then when things go wrong, they demand justice. We disrespect our Father, oftentimes in His own house of worship, and then we have the nerve to scream at Him because our way didn’t end the way we wanted it to.
We are hurting God, the Creator of the known and unknown universes. We are exhausting Him with our selfishness. He is tired of being treated like a genie in a bottle.
God’s Fall Feasts (Leviticus 23) are upon us. Rosh Hashana just ended on the 1st. Yom Kippur begins on the 9th. And Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) begins on the 14th. Rosh Hashana is all about new beginnings. It is a time to celebrate God and His creations. It’s an introspective time where we ponder God’s amazingness and our relationship with Him. Then there is Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement. This is the holiest day of the year where God’s people atone not just for their sins, but for the sins of the nation. It is believed on this day that God closes His Book of Life, and our fates for the year are sealed. Both Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are meant to prepare God’s people for 8 days of Sukkot — the time God tabernacles with His people. God wants to spend time with His people, but He cannot do that until things are set right and sin is dealt with.
Why am I telling you this? Because God told me to. He wants you to know that it is time to take a look inside. Are you making God tired? Do you have things that need fixing? Go to Him today. Ask for forgiveness. Seek His will for you. Do it before it is too late!
NOW, IT’S YOUR TURN!
WHAT BIBLICAL VERSE IS ENCOURAGING YOU TODAY?
Check out more Thursday Encouragement from my fellow blogger friends:
Trisha @ Joy of Reading
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective
Becca @ The Becca Files
Gina @ Stories by Gina
Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes
Andi @ Radiant Light