Malachi is a messenger that God uses to communicate with Israel, God’s chosen people. At the time the book of Malachi was written, Israel had gone through many hardships and found themselves questioning God’s love and faithfulness. There was tension between what God had promised and what Israel felt to be true in the midst of their circumstances. In response to their questioning of His love, God responds by reminding the Israelites that He specifically chose them to be His people. In Deuteronomy, we see this explained in more detail, that God chose the Israelites because of His love for them. He rescued and redeemed them from slavery and continually kept His promise of the covenant He made with Abraham from the beginning. Not only does he remind them of His past faithfulness but of His continued love for His people that will continue for a thousand generations to come.
We are God’s most prized possession. Sometimes we struggle to believe that He still loves and cares for us, whether it’s our current circumstances, things that have been done to us, or things we have done ourselves. God is reminding us that while there may be hardships and struggle, His love for us never falters. He was, is, and will forever be faithful to His promise of redemption.