10. Silence perpetuates sin.
In the above passage from Malachi, God confronts the leaders with their sin of allowing blemished sacrifices to reach God’s altar. The priests sinned through their silence. By not rejecting the blemished offerings and requiring only the best offerings, they allowed sin to continue, creating a rift between themselves and God. Speaking the truth to someone is sometimes uncomfortable and difficult, but it is necessary for a Christian’s growth.
God uses the ordinary to do the extraordinary. Prophets may have been unwelcome in many towns, but it was the truth of the words that they spoke that was eventually proven to be from God. Comb through the books of the minor prophets to see what message God might have for you through their words.
For further study, check out the Major and Minor Prophets, listed in point 2. Learn more about the structure and purpose of the Minor Prophets here and at Crosswalk.com’s, “6 Things Every Christian Should Know about the Minor Prophets.”
Michelle S. Lazurek is an award-winning author, speaker, pastor's wife and mother. Winner of the Golden Scroll Children's Book of the Year and the Enduring Light Silver Medal, she is a member of the Christian Author's Network and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. Her first book with Leafwood Publishers, An Invitation to the Table, came out September 2016. She also teaches at various writers' workshops, such as the Montrose Christian Writers conference. She and her husband live in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, with their two children, Caleb and Leah. For more information, please visit her website at michellelazurek.com.
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