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Daily reading: 7 December

The reward of the faithful.

Something to read

Then those who revered the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord took note and listened, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who revered the Lord and thought on his name.

- Malachi 3:16 from full reading 13-18.

Something to think about

Waiting is tough. We know that to be true from our own experience and from reading Scripture. But maybe there’s one thing tougher – being faithful as we wait.

The temptation as the months and years drag on, is for us to become frustrated. We can complain about our situation – it’s hard, it’s been a long time and so on. We may even begin to doubt – is it worth the wait? Is this ever going to happen?

And worst of all, we may even begin to question God – his goodness and faithfulness. ‘What do we profit by keeping his command?’ Such questions are a common theme throughout the Scriptures and we’ve probably asked them ourselves.

Being faithful is tough when the wait is long. Advent lasts a mere four Sundays, but it represents generations of waiting for the Messiah by the people of God.

This is why we need a strategy. Malachi offers us one very simple tip on how to wait – he calls on us to meditate on God – ‘those who revered the Lord and thought on his name’.

We remind ourselves of God’s goodness towards us throughout our life – even in the days when he seemed so very far away.

 

Something to do

Make a list of how God has been faithful to you in the past 12 months. Be thankful!

Something to pray

Lord, your goodness towards me know no bounds. Thank you.

Amen.

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Today’s contributor is Dyfed Wyn Roberts. Dyfed works for Christian Aid in Wales. He has a PhD in church history and is a keen photographer.

Published on 07 December 2020

Resource language
English
Location
  • Global
Themes – Areas of work
  • Theology
Bible reference
Malachi 3:16