December 30

Malachi 1:1-2:17; Revelation 21:1-27; Psalm 149:1-9; Proverbs 31:10-24

With all of God’s power, He is rightfully known as The Creator. But, God reminds Israel that His primary role in their lives is as a Father. Much of God’s criticism of Israel was that they dishonored Him in His role as Father.

The main way that we show contempt for God is by what we present to Him. God instructed Israel how to honor Him with their sacrifices. In response, they would not bring Him the best. They would bring him the worst! They brought diseased animals as sacrifices.

Rightfully so, God took this as an insult. God has a track record of giving us His best. All He asks for is that we reciprocate and give Him our best. As this year draws to a close and a new one dawns, can you make a commitment to give God the best and first? Can He meet you in the morning and get your first time of the day?

God, as a loving Father, has established what honors Him. Whether it is our times, talent or treasure, let’s commit to give Him what He deserves because we are His faithful children.
Tomorrow’s Reading:  Malachi 3:1-4:6; Revelation 22:1-21; Psalm 150:1-6; Proverbs 31:25-31