February 9, 2014

Renewal of Faith (4): Renewal of Faith in God

By Rev. Jeremiah Cheung

Malachi 2:17-3:6 is the fourth round of debate between God and Israel. They wearied God with their words, yet they asked, “How have we wearied Him?”

So God showed them how their words wearied Him. Behind the litany of problems enumerated lay a far more serious problem: God’s people had lost their faith in God.

In this debate, God wants Israel to renew their faith in Him. Hebrews 11:6 says: “And without Faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”

A person without faith in God cannot please God; he who doubts must not expect to receive anything from God.

In these 6 verses in Malachi, God reminds Israel of three important things about faith:

1. Faith must be established on the Promises of God’s Word (3:1)

2. Faith must be established on the conditions of God’s Word (3:2-5)

3. Faith must be established on God himself (3:6)