Daily Devotions

Monday, 23 November 2020

Proverbs 25:4

A Finer Vessel

When a silver refiner wants to make quality silver, he starts with a basic stock of silver ore or scrap silver. In it are all sorts of impurities. He mixes this silver with nitric acid and the whole mixture violently reacts. This process produces a white powder, sodium chloride. This powder is then mixed with sodium carbonate and put into a furnace. The heat initiates a chemical reaction which produces table salt and silver, while releasing poisonous chlorine gas into the air. Some impurities sit atop the molten silver which can easily be taken away. These impurities are called dross, and when the dross is taken away, there remains a more pure silver.

This is a fairly intense treatment of the unrefined silver. Yet the process that makes it more pure cannot be avoided if silver is going to realize its ultimate value and usefulness.

It is the same with mankind. Though our heritage was created pure, it has become mixed up in impurities. Here we are today with wrong ideas about things, false or selfish motives, and the sin nature that desires to control us. There are a lot of impurities that need to be removed if we are ever to become pure. And this is where the Savior comes in.

Why do difficult times come to all people? Because we still need to be purified if we are going to reach our greatest value and usefulness. Perhaps you are going through troubles. Pause and see how many parallels there are in refining silver to what you're going through. You see, all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28) (VAL)

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