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Patient Messenger

by Sara Lewis

 

“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”

(Malachi 3:1 NIV).

 

What would we do without instant messaging? No speedy yes or no to a lunch date. No swift prayer in response to an urgent request. Not even a rapid wordless emoji. While immediate communication proves convenient, modern-day message bearers often suffer from the adverse effect of impatience. Dependence upon rapid information has diminished our reliance upon faith to persevere in times of waiting.

The prophet Malachi wrote the last book in the Old Testament. Four hundred years stretched between his message and its fulfillment in Jesus. Malachi communicated God’s truth during dark and silent times to an audience who had proven unresponsive. Yet Malachi remained faithful to  convey God’s promise centuries in advance. Though he did not live to see the fulfillment of his words, he carried out the call God placed on his life.

The messages continue coming today. We as writers are relay-runners on God’s team, carrying a baton inscribed with the good news of God’s love. Habakkuk 2:2-3 reminds us of our call to write the Holy Spirit’s messages for delivery according to God’s timing and not ours.

What message has God given us to carry to others? Instead of fretting as we wait for publication details or an audience response, we bear a more significant duty. We must get the words down so the recipients can read them when the time comes.

Christian writers dispatch a message of hope to a hopeless world. We face a challenging delivery route. And, like Malachi, we may never see the end results. But we must stand ready to share his good news as the baton-passer to others God has chosen to deliver his message. The race is on, and God is counting on us to be faithful.

Dear Father, may we be “Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time…a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him” (Proverbs 25:13). Amen.

 

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Sara Lewis is an intercessor, writer, and encourager. She has written “Purposeful People-Pleasing: Changing Your Perspective Not Your Personality” and “Called to Pray: An Intercessor’s Toolkit.” Sara has also organized interdenominational community Focus on Prayer events. She and her husband Monty publish the Explorer Chartbook series of Bahamas charts and guides. They reside in Ocean City, Maryland, with their tuxedo cat Jesse James.  Connect with her on her website at www.gladhearted.com or on Facebook via gladhearted.

One thought on “Patient Messenger by Sara Lewis”

  1. Thank you, Sara, for sharing this beautiful verse from Malachi. It’s been a while since I’ve read Malachi’s book. I agree with you–it’s critical that we pass the baton as runners on God’s relay team. Well said!

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