Malachi 3:1-4:6; Revelation 22:1-21; Psalm 150; Proverbs 31:25-31
The end of the year.
We are wrapping up our year together reading the OYB. It’s over. It’s been an interesting year for each of us. And how good it has been to journey with you. We’ve had joys and sorrows, haven’t we? New babies have been born and someone we loved has died. Life keeps changing even when things seem the same.
But our God is unchangeable. He will never change. He will continue to love and seek His people, to draw them to repentance (Mal. 3:2) and to offer them the river of the water of life (Rev. 22:1). He will continue to be worthy of praise from everything that has breath (Ps. 150:6). He promises that He is coming soon (Rev. 22:17) and we His people wait with expectancy.
There’s a little verse tucked in the middle of Malachi that draws my heart: “Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored His name” (Mal. 3:16). Isn’t that what we’ve done this year? We talked with each other, we’ve read His word and the Lord has listened and heard. He has written a scroll of remembrance about us—amazing! That we feared Him and honored His Name! He didn’t write down that we missed some days, read sometimes without appetite but merely out of duty, or that on some days we read distractedly. He wrote down that we feared Him and honored His name by honoring His Word. We came to His Word as seekers, knowing that He offers the water of life. There were days when we drank that water eagerly for we came with thirsty souls and desperate needs. There were days when we needed His cleansing. And every day we needed the nourishment of the Holy Word of God.
So thanks for coming with us. We’re women who won’t change the world—let’s be honest here—but we want to know the God who can and will and does change the world. After all, He created it.
We’ll be reading again next year. Want to join us? January 1 is the creation account and I can’t wait to read it again!
With love from each of us,
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