Today you should read: Malachi 4
We wrap up our Jumpstart series of the Minor Prophets today.
The past few months have presented a story about the Israelites with a common theme: Israel’s sin and need of repentance. Maybe an even greater theme has been God’s gracefulness, faithfulness, and constant pursuit of His people. The Israelite’s were often so dumb, dense, and dim-witted in their approach and response to God.
Oh, wait, I am often the same way. Therefore, I am very thankful for God’s gracefulness, faithfulness, and pursuit of me.
The book of Malachi concludes with the common themes listed above. Verse 4:1 tells what will happen to those who do not repent. They will experience the judgment of God when Christ returns. It’s a gloomy forecast for those who refuse to follow Christ.
Verse 4:2-3 gives a positive outlook for those that fear God and follow Him. They will experience healing and happiness. Verse 2 says they will “skip about like calves from a stall.” In other words, those who fear God will be loving life.
I know this isn’t the most in depth “blow your mind” commentary you’ll ever read about Malachi 4, but here are the 2 main things I see as I read this chapter. :
1) Following Christ results in fulfillment and good times, particularly on judgment day.
2) Not following Christ results in huge let downs, particularly on judgment day.
Wow! I know I just blew your mind!
OK, that is a simple assessment of part of Malachi 4, but, it poses an opportunity for some deep personal introspection. Let me pose a few questions to ponder:
Do I know beyond a shadow of a doubt where I stand before God?
If Jesus were to return today, would I be like the chaff or like a skipping calf?
Am I quick to repent of my sin? Do I take my sin as seriously as God does?
Do my friends, neighbors, and co-workers believe that I fear God?
Am I currently pursuing things that will let me down, or am I pursuing Jesus?
Honestly, if a book were written about my life so far, it wouldn’t look much different than the roller coaster history of Israel as presented by the Minor Prophets. May the remaining chapters of my story look much different.
What would the story of your life look like if someone were writing a book about you? What will the remaining chapters say about you?
Posted by: Rich Duffield