‘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.
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. 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, and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in former years.” (Malachi 3:1-4)
The Coming of God is not all Good News. In fact, first, it’s bad news. And what is the bad news? Simply, that when God does something new, He has to dislodge the old.
You cannot paper over the cracks and spread a rug over the hole in the floor, there has to be a thorough preparation.
In fact, demolition must precede rebuilding.
This was the task of John the Baptist, to build a stage upon which the Messiah could make His appearance. “But who can endure the day of his coming?”
It’s like telling a guest to “Make yourself at home” and then finding him, sledgehammer in hand, taking out your living room wall!
Lord, ready me for action –for Your action.
Open the closets where I hide my skeletons.
Throw out the money-changers in my heart and make it a place of prayer.
Make a blaze of all my religious pretensions.
Come Lord Jesus!