«Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who meditate an His name”
The arrogance of the people was so great that they did not feel responsible for the sins they committed, and they had the nerve to ask What theyhad failed in. “’In what way shall we return?” (Malachi 3:7), they asked. To the divine call, ‘Return to Me, and I will return to you,” they responded hypocritically, ‘How can we return if we never left?” When God accused them of being thieves, they responded ‘In what way have we robbed You?” Malachi’s vigorous reply echoes down to our day: ‘In tithes and offerings” (verse 8). A promise to the faithful follows: ‘And try Me now in this,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it’ ” (verse 10).
To the divine complaint for their unholy words, they responded with their usual Arrogance, ‘What have we spoken against You?” (verse 13). Even the little that they did for God had selfish motives, and they concluded that there was no advantage to serving God. How far a person can go when they are not guided by the truth!
God consoled the faithful remnant and encouraged them to keep trying to do what was right, contrasting them with the grumbling hypocrites. He does the same today. God sees their consecrated and reverent service; He promises to acknowledge them as His special treasure and to reward their obedience. In that day, the difference between the just and the unjust will be seen clearly, those who serve God and those who do not serve Him. Their questions and their doubts will finally be answered. “In Malachi 3:16 an opposite class is brought to view, a class that meet together, not to find fault with God, but to speak of His glory and tell of His mercies. These have been faithful in their duty. They have given to the Lord His own. Testimonies are borne by them that make the heavenly angels sing and rejoice. These have no complaints to make against God. Those who walk in the light, who are faithful and true in doing their duty, are not heard complaining and finding fault. They speak words of courage, hope, and faith.”—Testimonies for the Church, vol. 6, p. 390.
Make sure that you belong to the group of the faithful and that your name is written in the Book of Remembrance.