We wrap up the Old Testament today with Malachi and Joel summarizing what the whole of the Bible is about; God’s desire for us to find life in him but our continual wandering and pursuit of things outside of him (idols).
True life is only found in God but we so often settle for inferior substitutes. Yet God is willing to do anything to get our attention to bring us to him. He sends prophets, locusts (book of Joel), suffering, and ultimately his Son that we might receive the life that he offers by grace through faith. All who come by faith can find this life while the alternative is to reject it and reap judgment. We can experience either the new wine and abundance of God’s kingdom, or experience the desolation and “desert waste” for those who live apart from him.
Father God, help me to seek life in you, and only you. Help me to turn from all other substitutes and in doing so experience all that you have for me. Amen.
Question: How would you summarize what the Old Testament is about in a sentence or two?