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What’s the use? We work and work, after seeing few measurable results. It’s a discouraging process. In the time of Malachi, God’s people were seeking the restoration of their nation after a time of captivity. They faced trial after trial. In Malachi 3:14-15 they ask why they should even try. The people of God have been speaking against God. All their effort seems futile, yet they are working as hard as they can. They assume God must be the one to blame. What will they do?
In verse 16 the people regroup. They speak with each other, and apparently pray to the Lord. He hears them and gives His promise. In the last day, the Lord will take them as His treasure. At that time they will be able to distinguish between the good and the evil.
In the final analysis, God is the only one who brings a hopeful result. He is still the reascuer of His people. The difference between good and evil will be clear, but it is based on their belief and trust in God, not their faithful works. There will be judgment and distinction. But those who have been faithful to the Lord will receive a reward. This is the hope of the Christian.
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