Scripture for Today: Malachi 4:2 “But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in his wings, and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stalls.”
I am not often around farm animals, but when I read this verse I remembered my sister’s baby goat, Sunshine. My sister and brother-in-law had built a home in rural Arkansas in the early seventies, and visiting them, I enjoyed all the four-legged “family members!” Sunshine was just like her name. She was a sweet thing who loved being fed from her bottle and enjoyed galloping around the place. She would kick up her heels when especially happy. I finally understood where our expression came from; “acting like a kid.”
Today’s verse describes calves rather than goats skipping about. The image is of sweet release from their confinement. When the Lord comes back it will be a sobering day of judgement. But for those who fear His name, there will be healing and release. Sin will be judged by Jesus, the Son of Righteousness, and He will make everything right. No evil will go unpunished and all will be brought to light. That joy at seeing right prevail is what is ahead for believers. The joy will be so intense, we will want to kick up our heels and act like a kid!
I can get discouraged watching sin seemingly triumph. Or I can live life skipping with joy knowing that one day, right will prevail! There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. (Matt. 10:26) God will not be mocked. (Gal. 6:7) My God is just and will exact vengeance on all evil. (Rom. 12:19) Nothing will ever get past Him. Evil will not win the day and I can look forward to every injustice being settled perfectly and forever.
Lord, thank you that You will make everything right.
(If this seems familiar, it is a reworked post from 2013!)