Wednesday Word 12.12.2018
Malachi 3:1-4 New International Version
3 “I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, 4 and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in former years.
There three different kinds of people. There are those who live their lives filled with dread. They worry about any and everything that could befall. When an actual hint or message or evidence of some envisioned catastrophe does appear, they go into full blown histrionics. Then, there are those who may very well see the signs, hear the warnings, and get the memo, but they continue blithely on their way. Sometimes through inability to process information and sometimes by choice, this person sees only the positive outcome that could potentially lie ahead and fails to take heed or action. The third lies somewhere in between.
I think most of us are part of the in-between camp. I confess, I am an inveterate “round-to-it.” I have every intention of fulfilling all those good intentions. And we all know where that paved road leads! It is as if I believe we have an infinite time frame in which to do and become and be the things that we know we should. I am frequently oblivious to the guidance and instruction offered to one and all. When the consequences of my inaction or misguided action comes to bear, it is painful. Mostly, because I should know better. That is very disappointing.
We do not want to disappoint our Creator and Savior. The way I see it, the whole aim of life is to live as a grateful and joyful resident of The Kingdom, now and, by God’s good grace, forever more. But this is not a someday-kind of thing. This is a here and now mandate. We need not live in dread of Jesus’ coming. God has promised us that love never fails. But just how much refining will it take to be pleasing in his sight? Shouldn’t we be working every day to clean up all the flaws and foibles that plague us humans? Shouldn’t we learn from the scriptures and make them part of our lives today? Jesus is coming. The coming that took place 2,000 years ago, and the one yet to come…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki