JANUARY 20, Malachi 3:2
Do you know what brand of washing powder or detergent your mother uses to wash clothes? There are so many brands available and should you walk down the aisle of a big supermarket, you would be spoiled for choice. They come in all sizes, colours, and fragrances. Most will say they are the best money can buy to fight the toughest stains. However, there are stains which some of these detergents cannot clean. Especially tough to remove are oil stains, or dark and large stains on white materials.
That brings us to today’s verse, which mentions the word “fuller” – an old English word for a laundryman. At the Second Coming, God will cleanse us the way detergents clean clothes. However, there is one major difference - God’s cleansing removes ALL sins and spots.
Imagine you are that piece of cloth that mum washes. Because you are dirty, you need to be scrubbed, rinsed, and soaked for some time before she washes again. Would it be fun for that piece of cloth? In fact, it would be painful to be scrubbed and rubbed vigorously.
That often can be the same when God cleanses us. It may not appear fun at all. In fact, it would be painful. Sometimes God sends trials to test and strengthen us. No one likes trials, but some of us need them.
Thought: Nothing cleanses like God’s power!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to keep close to You daily, and be cleansed always by the faithful reading and following of my Bible. And when trials come my way, help me to remember. You have sent them to help me. This I pray in Jesus’ name – Amen.