Our Daily Bread Devotional 23 September 2021 – Frolicking in Freedom
Welcome to Thursday 23 September 2021 daily devotional of Our Daily Bread titled Frolicking in Freedom. This message shall be a blessing to your life and destiny.
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Our Daily Bread Devotional 23 September 2021
Topic: Frolicking in Freedom
You will go out and frolic like well-fed calves. Malachi 4:2
Today’s Scripture: Malachi 4:1–3
A third-generation farmer, Jim was so moved when he read “You who revere my name . . . will go out and frolic like well-fed calves” (Malachi 4:2) that he prayed to receive Jesus’ offer of eternal life. Vividly recalling his own calves’ leaps of excitement after exiting their confined stalls at high speed, Jim finally understood God’s promise of true freedom.
Jim’s daughter told me this story because we’d been discussing the imagery in Malachi 4, where the prophet made a distinction between those who revered God’s name, or remained faithful to Him, and those who only trusted in themselves (4:1–2). The prophet was encouraging the Israelites to follow God at a time when so many, including the religious leaders, disregarded God and His standards for faithful living (1:12–14; 3:5–9). Malachi called the people to live faithfully because of a coming time when God would make the final distinction between these two groups. In this context, Malachi used the unexpected imagery of a frolicking calf to describe the unspeakable joy that the faithful group will experience when “the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays” (4:2).
Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of this promise, bringing the good news that true freedom is available to all people (Luke 4:16–21). And one day, in God’s renewed and restored creation, we’ll experience this freedom fully. What indescribable joy it will be to frolic there! By: Lisa M. Samra
REFLECT: How have you experienced freedom in Jesus? What other images help you to visualize joy?
Jesus, help me to live joyfully as I remember the freedom only You provide.
Bible in a Year: Song of Songs 1–3, Galatians 2
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