The book of Malachi opens with a reminder of God's love for His people. Throughout Old Testament history, God has demonstrated His love for his people and yet they have continually questioned it. Malachi is a book of warning, a book of judgment, and a book of preparation for the coming Messiah. But none of those things can take place apart from a firm foundation of God's love. We enter the Advent season needing to be reminded of God's love for us when we so consistently challenge and question it for ourselves.