Tag: Chaff

Are You Chaff In The Sight of God?

J.C. Ryle 90x115by J.C. Ryle

You may have rare intellectual gifts, and high mental attainments — you may sway kingdoms by your counsel, move millions by your pen, or keep crowds in breathless attention by your tongue — but if you have never submitted yourself to the yoke of Christ, and never honored His Gospel by heartfelt reception of it — then you are nothing but chaff in His sight.

by J.C. Ryle

The Divine Design

Vance Havner 90x115by Vance Havner

“But he [chastens us] for our profit…” Hebrews 12:10

The flame shall not hurt thee-I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.

Sometimes God chastens us and sometimes Satan sifts us. God’s purpose is to burn up the dross and refine the gold. Satan hopes to winnow out the wheat and leave only the chaff, but God can turn it around the other way. At any rate, our Father takes no pleasure in our sorrows and grief. His only design is to refine us. Alas, there is often so much dross and so little gold, so much chaff and so little wheat, so much wood, hay, and stubble, so little gold, silver and precious stones! We may not have much left when He is finished with us, but a little gold is better than tons of chaff. It is a good day when we give up trash for treasure.

by Vance Havner