Malachi 4:2 – Ole Hallesby


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For Friday August 19, 2022:

MALACHI 4:2

Malachi 4:2 (NKJV)
“But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness
shall arise With healing in His wings.”

We spoke some time ago about “light treatments” for the soul, beginning with spiritual awakening and conversion. These stop the ailment which is afflicting the soul. But as yet the soul is not entirely healed. The light treatments must continue daily.

Our quiet hours in secret prayer should be such daily light treatments. But we do not often make use of them in that way.

We devote these hours to speaking. We speak with God about so many things. We talk all the time. And after we have talked a while, we say, “Amen!” and leave.

Suppose you did that to a doctor. You came into his office; he offered you a chair; you began to tell him of all your pains and ailments. And when you were through with this, you arose, bowed in adieu, and went. What would he think? Oh, he would most likely assume that some deranged person had come into his office by mistake.

God has patients such as these visiting Him every day. And this is one reason why our seasons of prayer mean so little to us.

If you know where your conscience hurts you, point it out to the Great Physician. He will heal all your diseases.

Oftentimes, however, we do not know where it hurts; we know only that we have no peace and that there is distress within. Let us then take time to permit Him to examine us with His light and place His finger on the sore spot, that we may know clearly what it is that has deprived us of our peace.

Then something will happen in our prayer room. We will see the things in our hearts and lives which are injuring our life in God or which are doing damage to the work we are doing in the vineyard. We will make an accounting before Him with tears and rejoicing. And the sun of righteousness will arise again with healing in its wings.

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O. Hallesby, God’s Word for Today: A Daily Devotional for the Whole Year, trans. Clarence J. Carlsen (Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 1994)

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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