SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27
Scripture: Malachi 3:1-6
Malachi 3:1-6 says, “‘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. 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. 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. ‘Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem Will be pleasant to the LORD, As in the days of old, As in former years. And I will come near you for judgment; I will be a swift witness Against sorcerers, Against adulterers, Against perjurers, Against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans, And against those who turn away an alien— Because they do not fear Me,’ Says the LORD of hosts. ‘For I am the LORD, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.’” One of the major problems in Scripture for generations like that of Eli was that his sons failed the purity and the money test. Samuel passed the integrity test, the money test, the purity test and all his days Samuel moved the Hand of God against the nation’s enemies. When Samuel prayed, judgment came on the enemy because Samuel lived a life of purity and he refused to manipulate people for money. Samuel became an agent of health and healing to his nation because he chose to walk in righteousness. God says in Malachi that when we pass the money test and choose righteousness, God comes near for judgment and He will become a swift Witness against sorcerers, adulterers, perjurers and those who exploit the fatherless and those who turn away the alien. Walking in righteousness qualifies us to pray judgment!