“So a book of remembrance was written before Him” (Malachi 3:16).
The book of life and the book of remembrance are the two books kept open in front of the God of gods, seated on the throne. "So a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who meditate on His name" (Malachi 3:16).
“Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and was standing before the Angel” (Zechariah 3:3).
In the Scripture, there are various references over the garments. The wedding garment is there (Matthew 22:11). Fine clothes are there (James 2:3). Garments of salvation and robe of righteousness are also there (Isaiah 61:10).
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you” (Isaiah 43:2).
How precious are the promises of God! God will be with you under all circumstances. Do not worry even if a situation in which you have to walk on fire arises. The fire is of three types. The first one is the one made by the man, the next one is the one made by satan and the last one is the fire received from God.
“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles” (Isaiah 40:31).
In the Scripture, there is an important place for the eagle. Whenever we read about the eagle in the Scripture, you can understand that God has placed some important spiritual lessons in those instances. Shall we meditate them?
“For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up” (Ecclesiastes 4:10).
Solomon the wise gives a wonderful explanation here over the importance of friendship. Being alone is dangerous and sorrowful. That is why the Scripture says, “Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their labour” (Ecclesiastes 4:9). “Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12).
“Be my strong refuge, to which I may resort continually; you have given the commandment to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress” (Psalms 71:3).
Here David praises God saying, "Father, you are my rock, strong refuge, to which I may resort continually." Notice the word "continually'. It is not for a day or a week or a month or a year but a precious rock which could provide refuge eternally. Jesus Christ is that rock.
“..... and you give them drink from the river of your pleasures. For with you is the fountain of life” (Psalms 36:8, 9).
God is one who quenches your thirst; fulfil your desires. When you stand before Him with all honesty and truthfulness, He will fulfil all the desires of your heart. The Scripture says, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart” (Psalms 37:4).
“Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb” (Psalms 19:10).
Whenever King David took the Bible in his hands, he took it joyously and it was like a bottle of honey for him. When the honey is poured on the palm and tasted directly with the tongue the great taste of it will be felt and the Scripture is even tastier.
“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2).
There are three types of wall. The first is the one built by satan, the next is the one raised by the sins and the last is the one raised by the blood of Calvary and fire.
“Have you not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side?” (Job 1:10).
Even you may not know the refuge which God has provided you, but satan knows it very clearly.
“Now therefore, let it please you to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue before you forever” (2 Samuel 7:29).
The home of the children of God will be blessed; Because God the Lord is dwelling there. The children of God praise God there through singing and dancing. Yes. The joyful shout of Salvation will be there in the camp of the righteous.
“With the precious things of the earth and its fullness, and the favor of Him who dwelt in the bush. Let the blessing come on the head of Joseph and on the crown of the head of him who was separate from his brothers” (Deuteronomy 33:16).
While pronouncing the Name of God, Moses said, "One who dwelt in the bush" and further said that His blessings come on the heads of His children.
“Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared” (Exodus 23:20).
The Israelites left Egypt which was the house of slavery and moved towards Canaan where milk and honey flowed. The pillars of cloud and the pillars of fire descended to guide them. Not only that. One special angel walked ahead of them in order to protect them on the way and to enable them to reach the land of Canaan.
GRASS AND HERB!
“And the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I come to you in the thick cloud” (Exodus 19:9).
A blessing comes from the thick cloud. A blessing comes from the darkness. Even in the midst of a dark situation, God is powerful to create a new light. He is the one to create sun, moon and the stars in a world filled with darkness.
“Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so” (Genesis 1:11).
When God willed to amend the earth which was blank and disorderly, He made the fruit yielding trees to grow and how great the grace of God is!
“Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters” (Genesis 1:6).
When we see the blue sky, we feel happy and our heart rejoices. The 'firmament' denotes the great Spiritual life. When we see the sky, it reminds us of God leading the Israelites with the pillar of cloud.
ONE WHO IS GREATER!
Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens” (Genesis 1:14).
On the fourth day, God created the lights in the firmament. God decorated the firmament which was plain till that time. The sun, moon and the stars made the firmament look beautiful.
ONE WHO CARES!
“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (I John 4:4).
God is greater, powerful, glorious and majestic amongst you. In this world, satan stays as its ruler. So, he brings sufferings, tribulations and troubles to the children of God. Jesus said, “In the world, you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
ONE WHO SUPPLIES ALL OUR NEEDS!
“…..casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (I Peter 5:7).
'Caring' is one of the characteristics of God. When someone pours out caring words affectionately towards you, your heart gets cooled. When you go to your native place after a long gap, you feel happy when the relatives inquire you with care and concern.
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
God, who is rich in glory, will change all your shortfalls into plenty. Even the young lions may lack and suffer hunger but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.