Turning the Hearts

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:  And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Malachi 4:5-6

These verses end the Old Testament.  I find it interesting that the Old Testament would end with a prophecy about the Lord sending the prophet Elijah back before the “great and dreadful day of the Lord.”  That day has not yet come and so this prophecy has yet to be fulfilled.  But what is most interesting to me is Elijah’s ministry during this time.  He is supposed to “turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers.”  He is going to right the relationship between fathers and their children.  The fact that this basic relationship would be so backward is probably a good sign of the end times.

One would think that fathers would already have their hearts turned toward their children and that children would have already have their hearts turned toward their fathers.  But, as basic as that sounds, it is sadly not often the case.  A father should love and cherish his children, but so many today do not.  A child should naturally love and respect his father, but again, many today do not.  It is sad and it is indicative of the breakdown of the family structure in our modern society.  There are many, many fathers today who need to have their hearts turned.  There are many, many mothers who need their hearts turned.  There are many people who need to have their hearts turned.  That is one of the things that any prophet, preacher or teacher of God’s Word will seek to do.  And that is one of the things that the Bible itself will do.  Let us pray for our families and for our nation’s families.  They need to have their hearts turned and God is the only One Who can do it!

2 responses to this post.

  1. This really resonated, Ben. Our hearts turn to so many different things, but to our children or if children, to our parents? I do have a heart for my girls, but I can’t tell you the times I’ve been admonished for it, over and over again. Now it makes sense to me why it was so discouraged . . .because it was of God. Here’s a song that has had an impact on a friend’s husband . . .

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  2. Thank you for the song. It seems that it would be natural to have a heart for your children, but it also seems that so many don’t have that. God bless you for it!

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