Malachi 4

Malachi 4. hope

Malachi 4:1-6


OVERVIEWJesus will return and judge those who reject him and heal those who follow him.

BIG IDEABe faithful to God and enjoy his faithfulness.

KEY VERSEMalachi 4:2 (God to the Israelites)
But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.


Seek me and follow me and enjoy all I have for you. Turn to me, and humble yourself before me and be blessed. A day is coming when I will bring judgment. Those who reject me will receive their desire—a life without me and my influence. But those who follow me will be blessed and experience healing, hope, and joy. I want that for you! I want that for everyone. Live with intentionality and share my love with others. Help everyone you see know I care for them and want them to enjoy an abundant life.

Until I return, walk with me with great diligence. Live a life worthy of following. Show others that there are joy and freedom in a relationship with me. The law no longer controls you, but respect and honor it. Jesus is your ultimate goal, and he is the fulfillment of the law. The law does not give you life—I do. But the law will help you live in community with others. Love me, love others, and proclaim my freedom to all.

Reflect on what you’ve been thinking about and planning lately. Do your thoughts and plans honor God? If so, ask God for his provision and, if not, confess them as sin and ask God to give you new hopes and dreams.