We often reprint prior devotions. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on November 3, 2013.
Prayer: Be like a refiner’s fire in our life, God, and purify us. We await your coming. Amen.
Reading: Malachi 3: 1-4 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: One of my favorite selections in Handel's Messiah is "But Who May Abide the Day of His Coming?" It is based on this scripture verse, which is from the last book in the Old Testament. This is the book right before Christ comes in Matthew's gospel. And while there is a great amount of time between when Malachi and Matthew took place, it is interesting that such a passage would be placed in God's Word right before Jesus comes to earth.
"Who shall stand when he appeareth? For He is like a refiner's fire and he shall purify..." Just as Christ came to earth as a child and purified the chosen people, so will He come again. And then, who shall stand when he appeareth?
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