Thursday, 9 December 2010

Kairos Advent Devotional 2010 10th Dec

10 December 2010
Malachi 4:1-6

                “But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings.  And you will go and leap like calves released from the stall”

Yesterday we looked at celebration.  We turn our attention to what is thought to be an opposite – Reverence.  This has been defined as “a feeling of profound awe and respect and often love”.  Malachi gives us another promise – if we revere God’s (Jesus’) name God himself will shine on us.  Christmas is a time of tinsel, sparkles, lights, candles and tales of angels’ glory – yet God says there is a brighter light that will shine upon those who awe, respect and love his great name: The Light of the world will shine upon us – this brings healing and freedom.

Have you ever seen a cow running?  I have, and I can assure you it is a funny sight to behold.  Firstly, I’m not sure cows are made to run!  - They lumber.  Secondly, they lumber with abandon!  They don’t care about what other cows think of them – they are truly free in a way that often we are not.  Reverence for God’s name releases His blessing upon us so that we can live in his light as restored (healed), free people.  This in turn leads us to a deepening reverence for him.  Yet again, we have much to be thankful for.

  • Think of as many titles for God that you know from the bible.  Which ones can you relate to most?  Spend time writing or speaking out your thanks for these names that have brought freedom into your life.
  • Watch the short video showing a running cow by clicking on – Ask God to give you the freedom and abandon of a running cow.

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