Proverbs 25:4-5

4 Remove the dross from the silver,

   and a silversmith can produce a vessel;

5 remove wicked officials from the king’s presence,

   and his throne will be established through righteousness.


 The silversmith has a purpose in mind. He subjects the silver ore to fire, melting it, forcing the dross to the surface to be removed. He hopes to create a vessel, to be filled with good things, but first he must plunge it into the furnace. What is the purpose of your life? Are you in a season of suffering? Do you see how this brings out the worst in you?

 You can resist the fire, holding on to your flaws, or you can allow the circumstances of life to refine you. There is depth that only suffering can form, openness that only letting go will allow. If you allow the Lord to make you into a vessel, painful as it may be, you will be filled.

 “Remove wicked officials from the king’s presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness.” Impurities within are only removed with difficulty, the same goes for corruption without. It is only in the fire that these things come to the surface, even then they are not easy to discard. Yet those who are willing to suffer the hardship of purging bad relationships are cleansed from their influence.

 In the short term it is painful to displace the wicked, they will do everything in their power to resist. But the future depends on it. A season of suffering is worth a lifetime of peace. Forsake the bad influences in your life, surround yourself with those who have your best interests at heart, treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping, and eventually you will be grateful for what only suffering could establish in your life.

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