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Children of God – Day 2
We live in the age of internet when many people are being reunited with lost loved ones, parents, children, brothers, sisters, old friends. But sadly in our day, in the western world, and also in the church, more and more families are being broken. What a world we live in!
Elijah will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction. In some Bible versions these verses are from the end of chapter 3, and there is no chapter 4.
We live in the age of internet when many people are being reunited with lost loved ones, parents, children, brothers, sisters, old friends, but sadly in our day, in the western world, and sadly also in the church, more and more families are being broken.
What a world of contrasts we live in! Even “whole” families appear to be happy, but are often dysfunctional, unloving, and even abusive. When there were only two brothers on the earth, one killed the other (Genesis 4:8)! When there was only one family on the earth, they blamed each other for their disobedience (Genesis 3:12-13)!
In this last chapter of the Old Testament, God is prophesying through Malachi about the end of the world as we know it. He is giving us the encouragement that He is still in control, and in His diary He knows when the end of our problems will come.
Many are predicting that soon, but others think the world will continue for many more generations. Whichever is correct, the main thing is that the Lord finds faith on the earth when He returns (Luke 18:8).
Read Genesis chapters 3 & 4. Imagine The Lord’s disappointment when Adam and Eve argued, and when one of their sons killed the other one.
Pray for the broken families that you know of to be reconciled, and to live at peace. First anyone related to you, and then those in your church and neighborhood.
Rejoice about any families you know of who are on the road to reconciliation.
Praise God for His forgiveness of our petty disputes. Praise Him that He is able to give us His peace which passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
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