Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honored his name. "On the day when I act," says the LORD Almighty, "they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him.
This has been a favorite verse of mine for years, but I really think this is what keeps us out here typing away.
The proceeding verses describe the evils of the nation around the Lord's faithful. The Lord's people were confounded, and they lacked a prophet who could tell them what the Lord's plan was. In their confusion, they just turned to each other and talked.
They talked with each other.
That is such is simple, simple thing, but as they talked to each other the Lord heard it. They didn't solve the world's problems, or get the theology of the Lord's abandonment straight, but I bet that's some of what they talked about. I bet they talked about the weather, and the kids, and why it seemed so hard to really worship sometimes.
Everything was "off" in Israel in those days. I like to hope that America is not where Israel was when Malachi spoke, but I still want to talk about this stuff.
I'm glad for the opportunity the blogosphere affords us to talk and listen.
May the Lord bless our conversations, and I thank the Lord for the blessings I already receive so often out here. Thanks everyone!