Final Words From God
Posted: Saturday, December 31
Verse of the day:
"His preaching will turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the hearts of children to their fathers. Otherwise I will come and strike the land with a curse.” (Malachi 4:6 NLT)
If you were God and you chose your final words and you would not speak again for 400 years, who would you speak to? And what would you say?
God chose to speak to fathers and children.
It’s so easy to point the finger at what’s wrong in our culture while overlooking the dysfunction under our own roof. When I was around 10 years old our family moved to a new neighborhood and one of the neighbor kids invited me over to his home. When I walked in I was immediately immersed in a level of clutter and filth that I hadn’t experienced up to that moment. To my friend, the disarray was normal. In many of our homes, dysfunction and conflict has become so normal that we no longer see it. God chooses his last words to address this.
What turns a father’s heart away from his children? Sometimes we do this by simply ignoring our kids. We allow work to eat into family time and sometimes when we are at home we ignore our kids by being on our phones. At other times we can be disappointed with our kids and we continually voice our disapproval to them. This too can turn our hearts away.
What turns a child’s heart away from their father? Sometimes this happens through good old fashioned rebellion and disobedience. This applies equally to the little one going through the terrible two’s and the millennial going through the terrible 22’s. At other times children ignore or neglect their parents. This can happen in teenage years or as parents age and need more care.
It’s interesting that Malachi does not say that any father or child can turn the heart of the other. That is not your responsibility. But your own heart is. Fathers, if you notice a pattern of neglect or disapproval begin to invest quantity time with your kids and speak generous words of affirmation. Sons and daughters, if you notice a pattern of rebellion or neglect begin to show honor to your parents and invest the time to build your relationship with them. This is God’s heart for our homes.