May 25, 2020

Refining time

Remove the impurities from silver, and the sterling will be ready for the silversmith.  Proverbs 25:5

This verse is so fitting for our current circumstance.  It is talking about removing the impurities of life.  Those not so productive habits that we hold on to in our lives.  The impurities of life can also be attitudes of our heart that may be well hidden but come to the surface when pressure is on.  When silver is heated to a certain temperature, all of it’s impurities are brought to the surface and can be pulled out to bring the silver to its purest form.  The impurities were there all the time, but they were not able to be seen until the silver went into the fire.  As the silver is melted down, the impure parts separate from the precious and valuable part and can be drawn out and thrown away forever.

This is how it is with people.  We may look refined on the surface, but deep down there are impurities that we try to keep hidden.  When the pressures of life come, that’s when the not so nice things come to the surface.  Maybe it is anger, maybe its anxiety, it could even be a habit that is consuming all your precious time.  This is the time we are in right now.  Refining time.  The pressure is on in the form of epidemic.  Maybe it doesn’t really feel like pressure, but the fact is that life as we once knew it has changed, and for the time being, it seems like some changes could stick.  In this time when we have been forced to pull back from the busyness of life, we can see the things that need refining in our lives.  Make this time a time to remove some of the things that hold you back from accomplishing all you want to accomplish in life.

Today I want to encourage you to identify some of the areas that need refining in your life.  Maybe it isn’t necessarily bad things, but just something that isn’t moving you forward in your walk with God.  Use this time to refine yourself to your greatest potential.  Don’t come out of this pandemic the same as you went into it, become a better parent, a better spouse, a better child, a better employee and a better friend.  Use this time to become the best version of you that God created you to be.

Today’s scripture reading:  Proverbs 25

Published by L. Lyden

Lynette is a recently published author and coordinator of Voices Magazine who endeavors to use her gifts and influence to encourage and promote aspiring writers. Her Daily Dose blog has been an outlet for her to encourage readers to walk closer to God each day. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who loves spending time and going on special outings with her family.

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