Today’s blog post was written by Vic Kelly, a member of Desert Hills.
“Take away the dross from the silver, and there comes out a vessel for the smith;” (Proverbs 25:4).
Although there is much wrapped up in this verse, especially in context of what follows, an obvious metaphor sparkles on the surface like sunlight on deep water.
God wants to create something fine in me, with me, for me, and by me. But like a smith with silver, impurities determine the quality of the outcome. It is only by confession and repentance followed by obedience that the dross – impurities – are separated from the silver in my life. The silversmith uses the flame and heat of the crucible to bring the dross to the top for skimming off. God uses the crucible of circumstance, sowing and reaping, and the revealing and convicting power of the Word and the Holy Spirit to expose the dross in my life. It is only by repentance and obedience, however, that my impurities are skimmed off the surface of the silver that God wishes to fashion so I might shine, without flaw, for His glory.