By Patrick Hawthorne
“Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,” says the Lord of hosts. 2 “But 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 launderers’ soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, And purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness. (Malachi 3:1-3 NKJV)
“I have loved you.” In beginning the Book of Malachi, we are greeted by these words, “I have loved you.” This love – God’s love – so great and so pure; a love so intense whereby we can almost imagine we hear the whisper, “I vow to never leave you as you were when we first met.”
“I have loved you.” In the midst of our sins, the Refiner of God’s Fire met us. In the midst of our sins, the Refiner of God’s Fire saved us. Yet, in the midst of our sins, the Refiner of God’s Fire will never leave us. “For the grace of God that brings salvation (Jesus) has appeared to all men…” (Titus 2:11)
Casting us into the fire of His purification, the Refiner of God’s Fire patiently sits and waits as the fire forces the dross of sins impurities to rise to the surface so that it may be scraped away, little by little. Such a delicate task, the Refiner of God’s Fire leaves it for no other. In the fire we remain until we are pure before Him.
For the grace of God that brings salvation (Jesus) has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteous, and godly in the present age. (Titus 2:11-12 NKJV).
“I have loved you,” says the Refiner of God’s Fire. Yet, we whine and cry as we go through this purification process. “Wherein have You loved us? Why must we endure the suffering of this fire if You love us?” His response is, “Because I love you, I will not allow you to remain in the wretched state I found you.”
While purification and cleansing is never pleasant, it is necessary if our desire is to be Holy as He is holy. That which is impure cannot stand before the Pure. To that I say, “Send me to the Refiner of God’s fire, O’ Lord.” Be blessed.