Prepare to listen. Light the 2nd purple candle. Be still and pray, Guide my feet today into the way of peace. (From Luke 1:79)
Read: Malachi 3:1-4
See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. 2But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; 3he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the LORD in righteousness. 4Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years.
‘The Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple.’ The coming of the Lord is always sudden and unexpected, in God’s time not ours. Which is why we continue to seek and patiently wait for the coming of the Lord. Because he comes with judgment the prophet wonders, ‘who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?’ This shouldn’t frighten us or chase us away. Judgment is necessary to purify the people of God with ‘a refiner’s fire’ and ‘a fuller’s soap.’ All impurities will be removed, and we will be whole and holy, able to offer gifts, including ourselves, in righteousness.
How will you receive the one who comes to refine us in the refiner’s fire?
Respond to Jesus in prayer
Lord God you sent your Son so that we could become whole and holy, refined as in a fire. Help me stand my ground, loyal to you and your righteousness as you do your refining work in me today. Amen.
Go and live obediently in the world, where God still purifies with a refiner’s fire.