Malachi 3:17, “And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.”
Reading: Malachi 3
Do you ever feel God’s smile of approval? What prompts it? According to the Bible, some things please God immensely (Revelation 4:11). You can almost see God smiling and glorying over His work.
We find such an example in the OT, Malachi 3. God took note that in spite of a wholesale departure from His ways, there were some people who still feared Him and thought on His name. They were not just thinking of themselves in pious pride, but were taking pleasure in meditating on the goodness of God.
These people were speaking to each other and encouraging each other in a time (like now) when there was much to be disturbed about. Words were stout against God (vs. 13). The popular opinion said it was vain to serve God; there was no personal benefit in it (vs. 14). The proud were called happy and the wicked were “set up,” suggesting that they were the ones who had the good life.
We face similar conditions in our day, but God always has His remnant, and He makes sure they find each other. They converse often because it is a delight to them. Their discussions focus on the Gospel, His provisions and their desire to continue to walk and have faith in God – obeying His precepts.
The Lord hears all this; in fact, I believe He hearkens and smiles with pleasure. He claims these people for His own and adds them to His collection of jewels, the most precious of His possessions. He spares them from evil and harm as parents spare their children who put their trust in their parents. We also say that He saves them from sin and it’s ugly results and He adopts them into His Royal family, the real “Royal Family” (1 Peter 2:9). Don’t this make you want to smile with delight too?
‘The smile of the Lord is a feast to the soul’