Advent 2012: Day

The sun of righteousness, the daystar, shall arise


Today's Text: Malachi 4:1-3

Text: Malachi 4:1-3

“For behold, the day is coming.”

Sisters, He keeps his promises. Oh, He is good. The “Sun of Righteousness” – He came.

Right on time.

And He did just exactly what he said he would do.

You know what it’s like to have a friend who doesn’t keep their promises, right? They said they’ll meet you at a certain time or help you with a certain favor. And when they don’t deliver as promised, you start to not count on them any more. It doesn’t mean you can’t be friends, but you have to adjust your expectations. They’re less trustworthy.

I hope you also know the joy of a friend on whom you can completely depend. Their word is good. Solid. Maybe they are slower to make promises, but time after time they come through as promised – even if it costs them a little extra to be sure their word is good.

The Bible is one big, very long and true story. There’s a beginning – with character development from the get-go – and the conflict comes just three chapters in. There’s a climax with resolution (it’s so good you get to read it from four different perspectives!), and a beautiful conclusion that spurs us to action. There is an antagonist and a protagonist. It’s full of all the good literary elements – foreshadowing, irony, poetry and parable.

But, so often we take it in pieces – just one book or chapter or verse at a time. And sometimes that means we miss the big picture. And without the big picture, all the little pieces cannot be fully understood.

When we talk about God’s story, the character development cannot be overlooked. The promises He gives His people in the Old Testament are fulfilled in the New Testament. Perfectly. Again and again. And because of this, we learn about what kind of a God he is. We see his faithful, loving character. And we learn to trust Him, like that very trustworthy friend -but better! So that when He makes new promises in the New Testament, we know that we know that His Word is good.

Read His promises today through the prophet Malachi. Read them with confidence. With surety. He is the friend on whom you can rely. His track record is perfect. His story is real. And because of this, we can trust Him all the more. He is the best Promise-Keeper of all!

  • I love this devotional. it is a promise from God and a SURE reminder that Jesus loves us, is watching us and knows what each of us need individually. Just because we dont get what we want at a certain time, doesnt mean hes turned into that untrustworthy friend…it just means hes taking his time and making sure all of YOUR ducks are in a row! Thats what a good friend does!

  • Standing on the promises of Christ my King…through eternal ages let His praises ring!

  • I am growing in my conversations with God.

  • Tahwahnah

    Thank you Lord for your promise to come – the son will rise. Oh Lord Jesus, come quickly! This earth cries out to you!

  • I am so very thankful that God keeps HIS promises.

  • For some reason the link for December 7th is not working on the mobile app and will not take me to the discussion board, so I will just post on the December 6th board instead. I would just like to gently point out that the scripture for December 7th (Numbers 24:15-19) is not a prophecy about Christ, it is actually a prophecy about king David. It is very easily misunderstood. I just want to make sure that passage of scripture is not taken out of context. Other than that I am greatly encouraged by this devotional!

  • Father, I thank you for your gift, Jesus Christ your Son. Without him I would be utterly lost. My hope and peace rest in you. I long for the day when you carry me away to live with you in Paradise. There will be no more sorrow, no more pain..only joy! Father, I can't help but weep for those who do not know you. This year, use me to reach those that don't have a relationship with you. Give me the words to say that will touch their heart so that they will come to know that you are the One True God.

  • This is my post inspired by the Holy Spirit and this Advent Reader! The imperfections of our first week of Advent is making me long more and more for the coming of our Savior. I hope this post serves to remind you during the many imperfect moments of the season that it will not always be like this and that someday perfection will be return to earth and there will truly be "Peace on Earth."

  • Stephanie

    This is a great way to see there are many who are truly following God's word. This has brought a new meaning of Advent to me. I will in future realize what it means by the advent of Jesus, then the advent of the Holy Spirit, and the advent of Jesus to come again. We know the bible is true about His first coming so we can have faith (Heb 1:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen). that He will come again. And the two angels said to them "Acts 1:11 Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” We can be assured there will be another advent, The Great Advent of His Second Coming. Praise God

  • The very special friend, the one we are able to share our most inner thoughts with is indeed a rare find in human form. God is that and more. He knows all things about us .. and He still loves us! Thank you God, for being my all and all. God bless dear ladies.

  • kelly summers

    I love this. So many times I have been let down by friends who said they would do something or be somewhere and didn't come through. It is heartbreaking sometimes, but what a blessing to know God always comes through.
    I also just decided to start reading the bible cover to cover every year, so it spoke to me about the character development. Sometimes reading the old testament can get so depressing, but remembering and reading about the redemption we received through Christ makes any confusion worth it. God is so good.

    • Stephanie

      I started reading or rather listening to the bible cover to cover almost two years ago so I am almost finished for the 2nd time. (Thank you YouVersion for this ability) "Romans 10 17 KJV So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." I read it Chronologically the first time and this time Historically. It is so wonderful to see the full picture. I am sent a reminder on my iPhone every night to do my reading for the day so I always go to sleep listing or if I wake up in the middle of the night I listen to the days reading again and it puts me right back to sleep (great sleeping pill). Sometimes I have to listen several times to get through as don't want to miss anything by falling asleep. As I read through some of the more war like portions I think of the war we are in spiritually against the devil so we need to put on the full armor of God as Eps. 6 tells us to do. We need to put on Jesus. The bible is so amazing and going through this way bring God so close. He never lets us down. Trials come but He is always with us.

  • rocknitat55

    What an awesome lesson this morning. I can surly relate. I have both kinds of friends, people n my life. I am sure we all do. I was thinking though that unfortunately the one we tend to focus the most on is the friend that is not consistant, not trustworthy. We devote a lot of time fussing, complaining acknowledging the negetive. The good, faithfaithful friend gets overlooked. Taken forgranted…. we are fastly becoming a society that rewards…..
    Today Lord I just want to stop and tell u thank you! You are awesome! Thank you for your promise. Thank u for sticking closer than a friend, a sister/brother mothefather

    Your love and concern for us all has lead us here to this community so that we may pray , testify, share, and grow n you corporatelly.

  • Ladies, I have to tell on myself. I looked at the heading this morning and saw the M–read Micah, and read Micah 4:1-3! And those words spoke loudly to me: they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation; neither shall they learn war any more" (vs. 3), and I prayed, "Come, Emanuel; come, Prince of Peace." You see, my younger son, who is 19, is getting ready to swear into the Army National Guard this week. Although he is a college student still, when he graduates, most likely he will be deployed somewhere, and since his chosen MOS is cavalry scout–one of the most dangerous of all duties,–he will be going somewhere dangerous. This mama's heart is praying for peace by then!

    So, imagine my confusion as I read the devotional–there were no suns rising, no healing, no leaping calves. . . . What was going on? Well, I received a double blessing. The Lord led me to words I needed to hear: that one day, there will be no need for swords, spears, or cavalry scouts. The Prince of Peace will come to rule with justice. In that day, the calves will leap with joy, right along with the rest of us!

    • Rhonda

      The Lord is good! He hears our hearts when our minds just don't know what to say. Praises for your double blessing today.

    • Stephanie

      Many people are praying for the people who are deployed to dangerous places. I sat on a plane in the USA a couple of years ago beside a young man who said he was going to be sent to Afghanistan or somewhere over there. I can't remember his name but I told him I would pray for him and he was very thankful. Your message made me think of him again and pray again as I do whenever he comes to my mind. I am a Canadian but there is no country or culture difference for God. He loves us all and hears our prayers. Yes, as Rev. 21:3-4 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” When it is the right time, (The same as it was the right time and Jesus came in the flesh) God's time, this will be fulfilled and there will no longer be need for war. God's peace will reign. I pray for your son's safety.

  • What a beautiful image to start the day with! I can’t wait for that day when I see the Son!

    Also, very convicting about being a woman of my word… need a little work in that department.

  • Verse 3b CEV- “I, the Lord All-powerful, have spoken!” It does something powerful and positive to me to know that I belong to the One that when He says I have spoken is INCONTESTABLE. My life’s goal: stay in His shadow. Be blessed, my Sisters.

  • By day the Lord directs His love, at night His song is with me–a prayer to the God of my life. Psalm 42:8

  • Sun of righteousness… Son of Roghteousness. Just as the sun rises at the right time each morning, the Lord always shows up right on time!

  • We will LEAP into His outstretched arms!

  • Good Morning :)
    I like the parellel of Jesus and the sun rising in the morning.
    How many long, sleepless nights I have spent but I always knew, in the morning, there would be a new day, a new sun, a new light.
    Jesus is our Daystar. If we continue to keep our lights burning in the dark and carry our hope, He will come forth and shine His brilliance and righteousness into our world.
    Cling to His promises, they are truth and life!
    God bless everyone today.

  • A Stevens

    I like the way that you bring in a real world example with friends. Just like your example, God shows us daily how He is keeping His promises to each of us.
    My best example is how blessed I was to find this daily reading and sharing.
    I am reading Micah which I have not done before…and I am getting it!
    Thank you.

  • This really touched me. I believe the holy spirit has been wanting me to understand that about God.

  • Today I heard something exceptional: The Son had to become the Son of Man and die so man could become God’s son. It was always in his plan!

  • Kim Graham

    Yes, beautiful imagery! How comforting to read through this big book of promises and know I belong to the Promise Keeper! He never fails!

  • Great to read of Gods character and promises to us. I was also struck by the imagery of the sun rising bringing healing but also remembering the SON of righteousness and the healing he brought.

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