God’s Blessing Discerns (Evening)
Malachi 3:18 Then you shall again discern Between the righteous and the wicked, Between one who serves God And one who does not serve Him.
Vinod Nelson had just barely left Bern, Switzerland when the train came to an unexpected halt, and terrible news came over the speakers. The train would not be continuing to Frankfurt, and Nelson would miss his flight back to Afghanistan if he could not find another way to get there. He asked a cab driver how much the journey would cost and heard “200 euros” – a price well within the 350 euros he had in his pocket. An hour into the drive, the meter ticked past that figure, and Nelson questioned the fare. “2,200 euros, as I told you,” the cab driver said. Panicked, Nelson explained to the driver his genuine mistake and implored that he did not intend to fool him. Though he couldn’t pay the fare, Nelson still needed to reach the airport. The driver considered the situation in silence. Somehow, I trust you,” the driver said. “I have no reason to, but I do think you will make sure you pay me when you get home. If you don’t… well, I would learn my lesson.” Thanks to the blind faith of a stranger, Nelson made his flight home and honored his promise to the driver when he got there.
In difficult times, where there was no rain throughout the year, Elijah experienced great blessing from God. God didn’t forsake his servant. In the morning and evening, the ravens brought bread and meat to him and Elijah could drink from the water of the Kerith river where God told Elijah to stay for a while. (1 Kings 17: 1-6)
Many people think that life is like a Ferris wheel, sometimes we’re up, sometimes we’re down. There are times when things are so easy to get, but there are times when the blessings seem to stop flowing. Yes, in general, this situation happens a lot to anyone. The devotional today teaches us that even though these hard times are occurring, the presence of God will discern between the righteous and the wicked. There will always be a help, in fact, there must be miracles that we find. Because God is the guarantee of blessings in every season of our lives.
Amid hardship, the righteous are still BLESSED by the Lord.
1. Can you believe that there is a big difference between the righteous and the wicked?
2. What kind of differences have you experienced?
3. What made the difference?
“Father, we are thankful to have a great Father like You. You are a very good Father You don’t let us alone when we face troubles. Your help always comes on time, Your blessings are always there even in the most difficult seasons. Thank you, Father. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.”