This morning, I was reading in Malachi 1 about the kind of sacrifice God wants from us. He does not want a blemished or “second hand” sacrifice. He does not want us to give him something “safe” in our minds, “safe” because we may need to withhold giving our best (we may need it later!). He wants our best sacrifice. He is the God of the Universe, the God over all, the Creator and Sustainer of all things–including our best and “safest” possession! He allowed and witnessed His own Child being beaten, bleeding, and then hung on a cross by nails for us. He sacrificed His most prized and safe Possession, all because He loves us and wants us close to Him. If we cannot trust the One who did all this because of love, then we cannot trust at all.
By asking for our most perfect and safe possession, He is asking us to trust Him–to trust that in exchange for our most perfect and safe possession, He will give something even better: His faithfulness; His provision; His perfect will; His everything. He is our Father. All He has, He wants to give us. Giving our best to Him, sacrificing it, i.e., giving it to be put to death and returned to us no more, will not only bring freedom from fear, but will fully display our trust in our God. Trusting that He does, and will always, give and provide for us something better–actually the best. Just hand it over, Landra. Full Trust = Complete Peace.
Malachi 1:13-14 “And you say, ‘What a burden!’ and you sniff at it contemptuously,” says the Lord Almighty. “When you bring injured, lame or diseased animals and offer them as sacrifices, should I accept them from your hands?” says the Lord.“Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great king,” says the Lord Almighty, “and my name is to be feared among the nations.”