READ : Malachi 4:4-6
I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. (v. 5, NIV)
Here is a final word of encouragement from Malachi: Take heart and stand fast as the day of the Lord approaches. Malachi closes with a double command—obey and wait. The prophet says in effect, “Remember Moses and keep his laws. And look for Elijah before the day of my coming.” Obey and wait. Be faithful; keep God’s commands. And then be patient. Just as Judah waited for Elijah to prepare the way for the Messiah, so we wait for Christ’s second coming.
For those who fear God, believe his word and walk in his ways, “that great . . . day of the Lord” will bring healing, freedom and leaping for joy (v. 2). But for the grumblers, the disobedient, the unbelieving, the mockers and scoffers, “that . . . dreadful day of the Lord” will mean destruction, devastation, and ruin. “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” (Galatians 6:7, NIV).
Romans 11:22 is a fitting summary for the entire book of Malachi. “Note then the kindness and severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off” (ESV). Let us continue in God’s kindness as we obey and wait.
By grace we are saved and in grace we stand. Amen.