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.”  NASB

Many cry out for God to purify their hearts and then complain when He begins removing the dross from the silver of our lives.  The heat is uncomfortable, and we generally prefer 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, the impurities separate from the pure and float to the surface where they are skimmed off.  In life, God uses 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 do not want to go through purification.  We will either be vessels meet (fit) for the Master vessels of honor or 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 but also the only place!

God bless you as you go through your day!  Blessings!

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