Hard times are all around and the Christian family has not been excluded. Many are living through the most difficult time they have truly ever experienced. Sin waxes worse and worse. The financial realm has produced seemingly unbearable stress, as Christian families try to wade through this economic drought. Maybe you have suffered the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, the loss of your home, the loss of your partner or spouse, or have watched as your wayward child follows a path of his own. You may even feel justified to cry out in desperation, “What’s the use of serving God? What have we gained by obeying His commands?” as recorded in Malachi 3:14.
For a time, it may appear that the heathen is even more blessed than you, a faithful man or woman of God. Malachi 3:15 says, “From now on we will say, ‘Blessed are the arrogant; for those who do evil get rich and those who dare God to punish them go free.” As we glance around this world, everything doesn’t appear just and fair. Those who have worked so diligently, served so faithfully, and lived a life of humility are finding themselves “seemingly” living beneath the glamour of the riches and carefree life of the heathen.
But, hold on my friend! Your day is coming! The day of the heathen will fade as quickly as it arrived, but the life of the faithful will live throughout eternity. The wisdom of Proverbs tells us, “Above everything else, Guard your heart! For out of it, flows your entire life. Look straight ahead! Fix your eyes on what lies ahead(the plan God has destined for your life) and mark out a straight path before you! Stick to this path, do not get side-tracked. Keep your feet from following evil. (Proverbs 4:23,26,27)
There is coming a day where justice shall be perfected. The last part of Malachi chapter 3 is my favorite: Verse 16-18 says, “Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another and the Lord listened to what they said. In His presence, a scroll of remembrance was written to record the names of those who feared Him and loved to think about Him! And the Lord replied, These shall be Mine! On the day that I act, they will be my own special treasures. I will spare them as a father spares an obedient child.
Then, you will once again see the “distinction” between the righteous and the wicked, between those who love Me and those who do not!”
I encourage you today not to allow your faith to fail you. Continue along the path of obedience and faithfulness as a Child of the Most High. For the “Day of Distinction” is upon us and I assure you, it will ALL be worth it!