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. 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 fullers’ soap; he 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. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.
Food For Thought:
The line that stands out to me in this passage of Scripture is presenting offerings that are pleasing to the Lord. What are some ways that you offer yourself to God in service? How does this make you feel to give yourself for others? One of my favorite quotes is from John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, which says, “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”
God of love, you refine silver and shelter the sparrow’s nest. Accept the prayers we bring this day, for you know all that tests and troubles us. Embrace our needs in your blessing, so that we may be sustained, even in times of trial. In your holy name we pray, Amen.