Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 25
Verse 4: “Remove the dross from the silver, and a silversmith can produce a vessel;”
A mother of a newborn baby will often be seen boiling bottles and misc. items to ensure that nothing could possibly contaminate her child. It’s accepted knowledge that heat will kill germs. If enough heat is applied, the germs will be killed and provide a sanitary environment. When it comes to what we put in contact with our children, we want to make sure it is pure. Heat is applied to purify all sorts of things. As mentioned in today’s “gold nugget”, “Remove the dross from the silver, and a silversmith can produce a vessel;” Dross is the impurities in silver prior to it being heated. By contrast, you could say, leave the dross (or impurities) in the silver and it will be of no value to the silversmith. Sometimes we want so badly to avoid “heat” that we will not allow the “dross” to be burned out of our lives.
The fiery trial that you are going through is burning away the dross. You will be stronger and pure through the process. If you are going through a rough time and feel like you can’t handle it, remember that He said you will not be tempted above what you are able to withstand. Therefore, evidently He has confidence in your ability to withstand. Don’t bail on Him and jump out of the fire before the purifying is done. Be strong and be faithful. He will reward you for your perseverance! Consider this passage from James chapter 1, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
Lord, help us to remember that even when the enemy attacks us and means to do us harm, you can and will turn it for our good if we remain faithful - even if the greatest outcome is us becoming stronger from our experience. Amen
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