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#2 The Book of Malachi (2 of 14)
O LOVE THAT WILT NOT LET ME GO
Malachi 1: 2-5
1. The Scottish preacher, George Matheson, was one of the
most poetic and eloquent preachers of his time. It was at
the age of 19 while he was studying for the ministry that
he lost his eyesight. His heart was broken when his fiancée
broke their engagement, returned his ring, and said to him,
'I cannot see my way clear to go through life bound by the
chains of marriage to a blind man." Matheson never married,
but in 1882, at the age of 40, when one of his sisters
married, her wedding brought back memories of his
heartbreak and personal tragedy. From the depths of despair
he reached out in faith and laid hold of the unchanging
love of God. In that dark hour of his heart he penned the
words of the great hymn:
O Love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in Thee;
I give Thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths it flow
May richer, fuller be.
2. In the opening verses of Malachi, we are reminded that
God's love is permanent, perpetual, and persistent. We are
reminded that God's love will never let us go. There is no
greater thought in all the Bible than that God loves us.
3. It was a realization of God's great loved that changed
the heart and ministry of D.L. Moody. While in England in
1867, D.L. Moody met Harry Moorhouse. Moody said to
Moorhouse, "If you ever come to Chicago, I want you to
preach for me." One day Moody received a telegram from
Moorhouse that he was going to be in Chicago. Moody
scheduled him to preach a week for him while he was away in
a meeting. When he returned he asked his wife, "How is the
young man from England?" His wife answered, "Oh, he's
wonderful." Moody asked, "What did he preach on Sunday
night?" She answered, "Sunday night he took John 3:16 and
preached on God's love." He asked, "What about Monday
night?" "It was the same text but a different sermon" she ...
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