Proverbs 25:4-5 – “Take away the dross from the silver, and there comes out a vessel for the smith; 5 Take away the wicked before the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness.” NASU
Many cry out for God to purify their hearts then complain when He beings the process of removing the dross from the silver of our lives. The heat is uncomfortable and we frequently express our preference for ease to purification. We want instant righteousness and resist the process of becoming righteous.
The silversmith places the raw silver in a vat then turns up the heat and as the silver is heated to the melting point where the impurities separate from the pure and float to the surface allowing them to be skimmed off. In life God turns up the heat to expose and remove the impurities in our hearts. It is generally never a pleasant experience to be exposed but afterward it is joyous!
David cried, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts, and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24) Oh how we need to be placed in the refiner’s vat under the Holy Spirit’s microscope and allow God to expose and remove all wickedness from our hearts. We want to be pure but we do not want to go through purification. We will either be vessels meet for the Master’s (vessels of honor) or we will be vessels of dishonor. Death and life are before us so let’s choose life! We are instructed to ‘seek first’ the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness…. That is not only the best place in life it is the only place!
God bless you as you go through your day! Blessings!