An Advent reflection by Ian Robinson.
Malachi 4:3 And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts.
Almost the last verse of the Old Testament! I do struggle a bit with the Old Testament. This verse (taken out of context) could bring the worst out in me; righteous and judgemental. “I can find and tread down the wicked”
In fact, in context, God has already passed judgement – are we going to be ash (judged for our wickedness); or walking on ash (saved by God’s mercy)?
It is not our place to judge the wicked; and yet, we should not abdicate responsibility to challenge wickedness. I believe it is through faith in action everyday that we honour God and will be saved.
Help me to lead a Christian life, so that I may live righteously and honour you and help others to turn from wickedness.
Ask: How do I live a righteous life and, whilst I am not the judge of the wicked, how do I challenge wickedness?