Who can endure to the end?
Today’s devotion is based on an Old Testament prophecy from Malachi 3:1,2 “Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the LORD Almighty. But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears?”
God’s people had been waiting and praying for the Lord to send the promised Messiah for hundreds of years. They longed for his arrival and were confident that his coming would bring many blessings. Then God sent the prophet Malachi with this message: “Yes, the one you are hoping for is coming soon. “But are you ready?” is a question each of us needs to ask ourselves.
Maybe you are anxious about upcoming family gatherings for any number of reasons. But what about the fact that the holy God himself has come to earth and will return one day in judgment! This fact need not fill you with terror. Although we have been just as disobedient as those before us, Jesus Christ, the righteous Son of God, came to earth to make us right before God. He calls us to repent and believe the good news that all our sins are forgiven in him. We can stand before God’s throne confident that our Savior Jesus has come so that we don’t have to fear Judgment Day.
Please pray with me; Dear God, thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, to this earth so that we might have eternal life with you. Thank you for being with us in these turbulent days, for you are our firm and secure foundation. Thank you for your great love. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.