MARANATHA: HOW THE LORD COMES.
The word maranatha means the Lord comes. There are things that makes the Lord to come. Once they are done the Lord will come to us. We ought to be receiving visitations of heaven. These are things that invoke His presence in our lives. Let’s consider the word of God together.
Malachi 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and HE SHALL PREPARE THE WAY BEFORE ME: AND THE LORD, WHOM YE SEEK, SHALL SUDDENLY COME TO HIS TEMPLE, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
Note that the Lord said He will be the One to send His messenger. The Lord said that His messenger will go forth to prepare the way before Him. This is a key word for this study. To prepare the way before Him. I understand that before the President of a country comes to a place, he will send some people to go prepare the country he is visiting before him. There is need for that preparation. It makes open the heart. We even saw that the Lord raised John in this wise.
Luke 1:76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: FOR THOU SHALT GO BEFORE THE FACE OF THE LORD TO PREPARE HIS WAYS;
So we see that John was for this purpose, to prepare the way of the Lord. Looking at our main text, the next word we see is this:
AND THE LORD, WHOM YE SEEK…
I love the potency of the word of God. Jesus said
Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; SEEK, AND YE SHALL FIND; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and HE THAT SEEKETH FINDETH; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
That’s the assurance of God about seeking. So it reads,
AND THE LORD, WHOM YE SEEK, SHALL SUDDENLY COME..
I love the word shall suddenly come. The Lord whom ye seek shall suddenly come. We read that he that seeks finds. Again we see that
Isaiah 45:19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I SAID NOT UNTO THE SEED OF JACOB, SEEK YE ME IN VAIN: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, AND THAT HE IS A REWARDER OF THEM THAT DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM.
I love the word He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. I believe we love people that diligently reward our service. The Lord is a good rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.
This we see from our text
AND THE LORD, WHOM YE SEEK, SHALL SUDDENLY COME…
The Lord come by the measure of our seeking Him. He rewards our seeking with His coming. When the way of the Lord is prepared and as His people seek Him the Lord will suddenly come. The scripture makes it known to me that the Lord comes when I seek Him. When we seek the Lord in the place of prayer He comes near. Everyday I try to engage my heart to this when praying.
Psalms 145:18 THE LORD IS NEAR TO ALL WHO CALL UPON HIM, To all who call upon Him in truth.
When we seek the Lord in the place of prayers. The Lord is near. The Lord will appear. I like to see the Lord always come. God is faithful to His Word. Let’s call upon Him with a true heart today. Keep in mind that as you seek the Lord, the Lord will suddenly come. Keep in mind that as you seek the Lord, the Lord will come near to you. Let’s have this in our spirit. It will help our relationship with God. Keep walking even as He comes..