encouragement side

"You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God..."

- Malachi 3:14

The Israelites became so dissatisfied in their relationship with God that they came to the point they said, “It is vain to serve God.” Their own sins, improper worship, disregard for marriage vows and failure to give, led to their condition, which God called arrogant. Today, it is not uncommon for a believer to become just as dissatisfied and frustrated. The continual problems that come our way, either through a sin-filled world or our own weaknesses, can easily frustrate us, defeat us and cause us to give up when it comes to serving the Lord. Yet, we must not let the world or our own personal failures, defeat us. The Scripture is clear, “therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” The word, “toil,” means to never cease, stop, quit or retire from the Lord’s work. It is never in vain to serve the Lord. The challenge is great, but may the Lord find you immovable!

Scripture References: Malachi 3:14; Malachi 1:6-9; 2:14; 3:8-14; 1 Corinthians 15:58