But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap, Malachi 3:2.

There are times in our lives when we need to stop and evaluate our surroundings and feelings, so we can assess certain situations to ascertain if we are headed in the right direction.

In elementary school, Firefighters would come to our classroom and teach us if our clothes were ever to catch on fire to; STOP, DROP, AND ROLL. Well, it’s a good practice to take into adulthood when our life gets a little out of control. Putting out little fires shouldn’t be a full-time job, but it will consume our lives and become an inferno if we don’t stomp them out in time.

Fires are not always something evil because they purify and cleanse many times But, left unattended, they can be deadly. If fire consumes gold, it further purifies it and enhances its value; however, if fire touches dry grass, it will destroy it. When the refiner’s fire touches your life, what is impure will be destroyed, and what is pure will be further refined.

Prayer: Lord, I pray that Your all-consuming fire would sweep over me. I desire to be cleaned in Your presence. Help me recognize the little fires in my life that are distracting me and taking me further away from accomplishing Your perfect will for my life.



Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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