We know that Northview people love to be in God’s Word and often ask for direction on different devotional apps and reading plans.
While there are several good options available through various sources, we’d like to encourage you to join in our Northview Devotional Guide which will guide you to read and reflect on the passages preached in our weekend sermons! We hope this will unite our congregation around the study of God’s Word, and help us to more readily absorb and apply the great teaching provided by our preaching pastors. Each week we’ll be providing a suggested schedule for working through a passage slowly (15 minutes a day). You’ll need a Bible and a notebook or blank paper to record your observations.
Each day we include a reminder to pray. If you are new to the Adoration / Confession / Supplication method, here are some questions to help guide you as you pray:
- Adoration: What can you praise God for today?
- Confession: What thoughts / attitudes / actions might you need to confess to God today?
- Supplication: What will you ask God for today?
Day 1 – The Day of the Lord
Read Malachi 4:1-6 and note what you learn about the Day of the Lord.
- What will happen when the day comes? (v 1, v 3)
- What adjectives are used to describe the day? (v 5)
What else have we learned from Malachi about this day? (see Malachi 3:1-2)
What do other prophets say about this day? (See Joel 2:30-32)
Pray today in confession and supplication. If the LORD Almighty returned today, would you be ready to meet Him?
Day 2 – The Arrogant and the Evildoer
Read Malachi 4:1-6 and note what you learn about the arrogant and the evildoer(s).
- What will happen to these people? (v 1, v 3)
What is Israel’s complaint in Malachi 3:13-15?
- How does Malachi 3:17-18 and Malachi 4:1-6 answer this complaint?
What do other prophets say about the arrogant and the evildoer(s)? (See Isaiah 47:10-15)
Pray today in confession and supplication. Are you doing evil, thinking that nobody sees (Isaiah 47:10)? If so, confess this to the LORD! If you know someone who fits this description, pray that God would convict them of their rebellion so that he or she turns to Him before it is too late!
Day 3 – You who revere the LORD’s name
Read Malachi 4:1-6 and note what you learn about those who revere the LORD’s name.
- What will be the experience of these people?
- What else do we know about their experience from the preceding verses? (see Malachi 3:16-18)
In Psalm 84, the Psalmist recounts the blessings experienced by those who trust the Lord.
- Which blessing most encourages you today?
Pray today in adoration. Praise God that he knows who are his, and will protect them on that great and dreadful day!
Day 4 – Moses
Read Malachi 4:1-6 and note what you learn about Moses.
- What command is given in Malachi 4:4?
Read Deuteronomy 4:9-14.
- What is the purpose of the decrees and laws given by Moses (see verses 10 and 14)?
- Based on what you’ve learned in Deuteronomy, how will remembering the law of Moses help the Israelites be on the ‘right side’ on the day of the LORD?
Pray today in adoration. Thank God for revealing himself to his people, so that we can learn to properly revere him.
Day 5 – Elijah
Read Malachi 4:1-6 and note what you learn about Elijah.
- What information does Malachi give about Elijah?
Read Luke 1:13-17.
- What does the angel tell Zechariah about his son (John the Baptist)?
Read Matthew 17:1-13.
- Who appears with Jesus in this text?
- In light of Malachi 4:4-6, why is it significant that these two people appear with Jesus?
- What does Jesus tell His disciples about the coming of Elijah in this text?
Pray today in Adoration, Confession and Supplication. What can you praise God for based on what you have studied this week? What do you need to confess to God? What can you ask Him for?