‘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 honoured His name.” Malachi 3: 16
During a time of spiritual decline in Malachi’s days, there remained a faithful group of believers who loved God and remained true to Him. Four things were mentioned about them.
Firstly, their hearts were filled with the “fear of the Lord.” This term is an Old Testament description of the godly who live with an awareness of God’s presence. To fear God meant they gave Him the reverence and honour due to Him.
Secondly, when they met together, they talked about God. They were encouraged and strengthened when they shared what God meant in their lives and what He had done for them. The reason their conversation was full of Him was that they “honoured His name.” They filled their hearts and minds with God.
1 John 1:3 says “We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us.” What do we talk about when we get together with other believers? Do we talk about God and seek to build one another’s faith? Perhaps you can share an incident of God’s goodness and provision for you, or a struggle you are facing and how God encouraged your heart. Let your talk include God.
Thirdly, the Lord promises to keep in a Book of Remembrance the names of those who honour and fear Him by living faithfully before Him; they will not be forgotten.
Fourthly, Malachi 3:16 says that God “listened and heard” our conversation. He observes and records our faithfulness and our love for Him. When we stand before Him in heaven, He will remember our devoted commitment and treat us accordingly.
The Lord said, “They will be mine in the day when I make up my possession. The Amplified Bible reads “My special possession, My peculiar treasure.” Not one of us will be forgotten by Him for He knows each of us by name.
God says, “You are mine.” We were bought with so great a price, the life of His Son Jesus Christ.
Our names may not be listed in the world’s great “Who’s Who,” but the names of God’s own family are recorded in His Book of Remembrance.
So, do we have the fear of the Lord? Are we ready to talk about God the next time we meet other believers in the Lord? Let us continue to encourage one another in our faith in the Lord.
God bless you.