Malachi 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
This verse is a beautiful allusion to newness and change. Here you have the picture of a baby calf whose Mamma is taken into the stall in late Winter before she calves, just in case she drops the calf at night while the farmer is sleeping. He might freeze to death before morning. So, after the calf is born, they remain in the shelter of the stall until Spring. Then, the farmer opens the stall door and the Mamma walks out into the sunlight, taking in the wings of the morning, for the sun's rays are the "wings" of the sun.
But, the calf is afraid to come out because he was "born in a barn," literally. That is all he has ever known, the stinky smelly stall where he has laid in his own waste for weeks on end. The farmer has to tie a rope around him and drag him out of the stall, out into the field. After a few scared minutes, the calf begins to notice the neat sights around him, and basking in the sunlight, he will begin to frolic around from one end of the pasture to the other, exulting in his new life with pleasure.
Jesus is the Sun in this verse, for it is speaking of the end times prophetically, just as much as it is speaking of a new day. Prophetic verses have a near fulfillment and a far fulfillment, just like a row of mountain peaks. This applies to when Jesus opens our world to a new light, and it refers to when Jesus will open the new world up for us to experience the fulness of His light.
"As the sun rises our infirmities decrease," according to the old Jewish proverb.
This proverb is true in two ways. When we are sick, it usually gets worse in the late hours of night. But, by morning the fever recedes. Likewise, sickness is more prevalent in the winter when earth is farther from the sun. But, as the Sun rises in the sky to its position over the equator in summer, the sunshine brings health to our bodies that was denied in the dark winter months indoors. This is true too of Jesus. As He rises in our lives, our weaknesses vanish, because we are strong in Him.
You may think life there in your old stall is comfortable, and you may fear this change, but I promise you it is for the good. God has unimaginable things in store for you... tomorrow. Each new day, each new year is a blessing and a beginning. Take hold on what God will give you. That is your blessing, just like Elisha's blessing that dropped from the whirlwind of change. Never fear Elisha, God is with you now, just as before. He does not change. Only the circumstances change for you to receive all that He has for you.
Revelation 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
A new year is upon us! Get ready for all things to be new.