Scripture: Malachi 4:5
“Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord.
Insights: In today’s verses we see God’s involvement to help parents stay focused on their first purpose of instructing their child(ren). God sends warnings through other people. In the specifics of this verse it is a prophetic pointing to John the Baptist who would be the forerunner to Jesus. The point being made in this blog, however, is that God is sending us warnings. There is a day of judgment coming. We will either be judged at the Bema seat of Christ or the Great White Throne Judgment. The reference in this verse is the Great White Throne Judgment. In other words, God’s hearts desire is for parents to be godly parents who instruct their child(ren) in the ways of the Lord. The Lord also knows the only way this is possible is if the parents are in a healthy, vital and growing relationship with Him as well. As a result, the Lord sends prophets, preachers and other godly people in our lives to point us back to the Father. The Lord, through these individuals, is warning us about God’s future judgment. These individuals are doing all they can to get us to return to a right relationship with the Lord. Beloved, don’t forsake these warnings. Do not just say they are the rantings of a religious fanatic. They are straight from the Father above because of His immense love for you. Respond to Him and let His grace wash over your life. Allow Him to transform you into the person and the parent you ought to be because of His Spirit dwelling in You. May your life bring Him glory and praise!
1. Who has the Lord placed in your path to bring you back to a closer walk with the Lord?
2. Is your time getting short before the Lord unleashes His great and terrible day?
Prayer: Father, every day we are one day closer to Your great and terrible day. I am so grateful you put people in our paths to preach and proclaim the truth. To give each of us warnings to return to You and to train our child(ren) up in the way they ought to go. Amen.