Honor & Blessing | Devotional 10/04

Thursday – October 4, 2018 – Resolve to Honor God.

Malachi 1:6a (NIV) “A son honors his father, and a slave his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?” says the Lord Almighty.

“It is you priests who show contempt for my name.

Malachi 2:1-2 (NIV) “And now, you priests, this warning is for you. If you do not listen, and if you do not resolve to honor my name,” says the Lord Almighty, “I will send a curse on you, and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not resolved to honor me.

We have seen that God’s Word and His name are inextricably linked together. When God gives a command, the power of His name or person is behind it. When you honor Him, you honor His Word.

Honor takes resolution. That resolution should be ongoing and sustainable. Honor cannot be by fits and starts, where you show it one day and disregard it the next. It cannot be shown only when you get your way and withdrawn when you do not. Without consistent, sustainable honor there is no blessing. Even blessings that you had received earlier can be turned to curses.

Again, we need to look at King Saul. He was given the honor of being anointed the first King of Israel. He began his reign in fits and starts, where he was resolved to obey God, only to reverse his course when he was becoming successful. He had won a great victory over the Amalekites. The Amalekites had been a thorn in the flesh of Israel ever since Israel had entered the wilderness. They had fought against Israel on several occasions and God wanted to put an end to it. So, Saul was told to annihilate the Amalekites. Rather than honoring God, he sought to honor himself. He was hoping for what comes along with honor and that was blessing. He wanted blessing more than he wanted to honor God. He wanted to keep the riches for himself.

The Prophet Samuel then spoke the Word of the Lord over him where it was shown that King Saul wanted the blessing so much that he even lied to himself. Saul was more afraid of men then he was of God and more concerned about receiving honor from men than receiving honor from God. God removed the crown from his head that day, even though it took years for it to be played out in history.

He was blessed with the Kingdom only to be cursed when it was taken from him and He died an ignominious death and was ridiculed in death by his enemies.

Prayer: Lord, help me to always honor You and show me what may be the concerns in my life that would cause me to seek honor for myself.