Archive for May 9th, 2017

Malachi 4

Malachi 4 has the prophet reminding God’s people that there is a day of reckoning coming.  “For behold, the day is coming…. shall set them ablaze…. will leave them neither root nor branch”.  God’s people needed to be reminded that the day is coming. God still has eternity to right all wrongs and reward all good.  It’s hard to be patient when it seems like bad people get away with things while good people suffer.  But God has it under control.  He absolutely will make things right in His time.

God promises a fire but there is a big difference between the refining fire applied to God’s people and the burning fire against the ungodly. Does it matter, how we respond and relate to God?  “But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall”.  It absolutely does.  If we fear God and walk in obedience in His presence, we’ll walk in the sunshine of righteousness and experience His blessing and joy.

Malachi paints a picture of what that walk will look like:

  • They shall go out – they will be free and enjoy their liberty
  • They shall leap – growing strong and prosperous in the Lord
  • They shall tread down the wicked – enjoying the Lord’s victory in their life

God promises a great life for those who will walk in obedience to Him.  It is a walk, day by day, moment by moment, that will lead us to experience all God’s goodness and blessing.

God wants us to come back to Him.  And when we do, good things happen.  “He will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers”.  This promise speaks of more than the reconciliation of families. When God turns the hearts of the children to their fathers, it also has in mind turning back all our focus to the God of their fathers, to the faith of the patriarchs.  Life is all about relationships.  It begins with our relationship with God, but that extends to marriages and families.  God cares about all those relationships.  He has been clear about that through His prophet Malachi!

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