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God’s precious treasures

Then those who feared the Lord spoke with each other, and the Lord listened to what they said. In his presence, a scroll of remembrance was written to record the names of those who feared him and always thought about the honor of his name.“They will be my people,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “On the day when I act in judgment, they will be my own special treasure. I will spare them as a father spares an obedient child. Then you will again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not. Malachi 3:16-18

From our text, before the Old Testament ended God mentioned that there are precious promises stored for those that trusted His name. The promises were declared during the time when apostasy was taking place in the life of those who claimed to be God-fearers. There was tremendous persecution that there are those who cannot bear the trials and decided to turn away from their faith in God. In our time where Christians are in minority, it is important to pay attention to what God told the Israelites through the prophet Malachi. God will not forget those who submit their lives to Him and live their lives to honor Him. There is a scroll where their names are listed. He will not only remember them but He will treat them as His special treasure. In the midst of this fallen world and the darkness surrounding believers, God will have them shine so they could reflect His life through them. They might not appear to be much now but in the end they will God’s crown jewels. “Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever” (Daniel 12:3). To the people whom Malachi was addressing, it appeared that many of them forsook God. They did not find any sense in continually serving God when doing so would lead to more persecutions. There was no point to live a righteous life. But anticipation of the return of God and eternity provides clarity to God’s followers and a powerful motivation to remain faithful. We will give an account on how we live the life God gave us and those that remained true to their commitment will be spared in the coming judgment. It is easy at times to be envious of the wicked that inspite of their sinful living they seemed to be prospering. But when eternity comes, no one will envy them for we “will again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.” The Almighty God holds dear those that trust and fear Him.


Noel De Guzman

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