Day: November 4, 2013

We Shall Lose Nothing But Our Dross!

James Smith Imageby James Smith

“The Pastor’s Evening Visit”

“I have refined you, but not as silver is refined. Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering!” Isaiah 48:10

“He will sit like a refiner of silver, burning away the dross!” Malachi 3:3

“When He has tried me–I will emerge as pure gold!” Job 23:10

Job was in the furnace! It was heated seven times hotter, but he was conscious of his integrity. He knew that though he was imperfect–he was sincere. He knew that he had a living Redeemer–that his God knew his heart, his motives, his desires, and his course. Therefore he felt confident that he would not be consumed–but only refined.

This is the design of all our trials. They are . . . to make us fit for the Master’s use; to make us reflect the Savior’s image; to fit us for eternal glory!

However fierce the fire–we shall lose nothing but our dross! God sits by the furnace as the Refiner; He superintends the whole process of purification, and He removes us from the fire, the moment His design is accomplished.

Tried Christian, your God is refining you!

His design is most loving!

He will take care of you!

Say with Job, “He knows the way that I take. When He has tried me–I will emerge as pure gold!”

by James Smith

Let Go And Let God

Vance Havner Imageby Vance Havner

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee. Psalm 55:22

Some dear souls get the impression that faith is an attitude, a spiritual pose, which must be strenuously maintained for dear life. So they grit their teeth and screw themselves up to believe in tense earnestness, afraid to let go for a moment. We might as well try to pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps.

Trusting God is exactly the very opposite of all that. Hudson Taylor worked hard trying to develop faith, until he stopped looking at his faith and learned to rest in the Faithful one. You will blow up trying to work yourself up to just the right pitch. Faith begins by letting go, stretching out on the promises, not by taking a deep breath, clenching your fists, and resolving to trust or bust.

If we are to roll our burden upon the Lord, the only move on our part is to roll it, then leave it. Of course, if we never leave it, it rolls back and we spend all our time rolling instead of resting. He will keep what we commit-and leave committed.

“Let go and let God” is too often a proverb instead of a practice.

by Vance Havner