Hello! Today God has given me Malachi 3:2 which says:
“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.”
It seems humorous to say that God will come and be like a… launderer’s soap, especially right after you say that it will be like a refiner’s fire! But even though it appears funny it is really to describe how God would come and burn up any impurities and will refine like a soap or fire. The problem for us is that we are completely made up of impurities, there wouldn’t be any part of us that wasn’t eaten up by God’s wrath. So, in that sense, it really is terrifying!
However I have an answer to this boggling dilemma, this will also answer Malachi’s question “who can endure the day of his coming?” Because one did come who could endure the “day of His coming”, and He came in order that we could “endure” it. His name is Jesus, and He is also the son of God! Jesus was perfect; He wouldn’t have God’s wrath on Him, but instead He endured all of it so that we wouldn’t have to.
Jesus was the only one who could possibly “stand up” when God would appear, but instead He took every last drop of the God’s wrath in order that we could live! Jesus exchanged His righteousness for our sins so that we wouldn’t endure God’s wrath! That is the Gospel, and that is what we can find in every passage of the Gospel.
Jesus purified us and now we are clean. But God is refining us like gold; polishing us like silver, but God chooses to do that in various ways, and one way He chooses is through hardships. But when you’re going through hardships you can always remember that it is not because God “turned His back” on you, it is not because God does not love you. In fact, it’s because He loves you that He refines you and cleanses you!
I guess you could say that Jesus took all of the fire… and soap, away from us!
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland