‘You have said, “What’s the use of serving God?”’ Malachi 3:14 NLT
In the last book in the Old Testament, Malachi, the Israelites asked, ‘What’s the use of serving God?’ It’s a question non-believers and sometimes even believers ask, particularly when times are hard and our faith is sorely tested.
The psalmist gives us the answer: ‘Praise the Lord! For all who fear God and trust in Him are blessed beyond expression… happy is the man who delights in doing His commands. His children shall be honoured everywhere, for good men’s sons have a special heritage. He himself shall be wealthy, and his good deeds will never be forgotten. When darkness overtakes him, light will come bursting in. He is kind and merciful—and all goes well for the generous man who conducts his business fairly. Such a man will not be overthrown by evil circumstances. God’s constant care of him will make a deep impression on all who see it. He does not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen. For he is settled in his mind that Jehovah will take care of him. That is why he is not afraid, but can calmly face his foes. He gives generously to those in need. His deeds will never be forgotten. He shall have influence and honour.’ (Psalm 112:1–9 TLB)
Notice that the benefits of serving God include happiness, children you can be proud of, success, influence, and honour. Note in particular the words: ‘He does not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen. For he is settled in his mind that Jehovah will take care of him.’ These blessings are all part of your ‘benefits package’.
SoulFood: Gen 32–34, Matt 21:12–17, Ps 106:1–23, Pro 7:1–2
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023