Pastor Tim Romero
Malachi 1:2–3 (ESV): 2 "I have loved you," says the Lord. But you say, "How have you loved us?" "Is not Esau Jacob's brother?" declares the Lord. "Yet I have loved Jacob 3 but Esau I have hated. I have laid waste his hill country and left his heritage to jackals of the desert."
Election is a difficult subject to understand and yet no matter how difficult it might be we must never doubt God and put His character on trial. His thoughts are not our thoughts nor His ways our ways (Isa 55:8-9).
Malachi was raised up after Haggai and Zechariah prophesied. He would be the last prophet to speak to Israel before the 400 years of silence. The people had grown weary of waiting for the Messiah. They had departed the law of God and were living recklessly. Malachi addresses many doubts they have but the first and one of great importance was God's love for Israel.
God loved Israel yet they doubted this since He rejected Esau but chose Jacob to carry on the Abrahamic Covenant. God didn't hate Esau in the sense of cursing him but rather in the sense that he was not chosen to carry on Abraham's heritage. The fact that He chose Jacob is a testimony of His grace and love for he was no gem. God chose Jacob and "loved" him for His purposes.
It's so easy to get your eyes on the wrong things relating to God. We can doubt why He allows this or why He doesn't allow that and yet none of it makes Him any less worthy of our worship and life service. Stop focusing on what you do not understand and focus on what you do! He chose you, He loves you! Don't question what know because you can't understand certain things. He is perfect, He never makes mistakes. Focus on what you know, amen?
Father, forgive us for doubting Your character at times. You are amazing and worthy of our worship and praise. May we keep our eyes on You and never let what we don't know take away from what we do we pray in Jesus' name, amen!