See, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. 2But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. 3And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts. 4Remember the teaching of my servant Moses, the statutes and ordinances that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel. 5Lo, I will send you the prophet Elijah before the great and terrible day of the Lordcomes. 6He will turn the hearts of parents to their children and the hearts of children to their parents, so that I will not come and strike the land with a curse. (Malachi 4:1-6, NRSV)
The day of the Lord is coming. But I wonder how we should feel about this.
The day of the Lord is the judgement. The day we will see the return of Jesus. And all will be judged and ushered into their place for all eternity.
Is this something we should be happy about? Worried about?
If we revere God’s name then we will leap like a calf from the stall.
It is a day of joy. If we follow after and believe in the promises of God then this is joy but if not it might be a day of concern.
So will you leap or be worried?