Proverbs 25:4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.
All the vanity in the world cannot make us happy, and the vileness of sin makes us miserable.
Malachi 3:2 Who will survive the day when He comes? Or who can stand when He appears? For He’s like a refiner’s fire and a launderer’s soap.
Malachi speaks of a refiner’s fire which portrays the process of purifying metal. A refiner uses fire to heat metal to a molten state and skims the trash that floats to the top.
2 Timothy 2:21 If a man, therefore, purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.
If I would be prepared for every good work, I must study, believe and heed the Holy Scriptures. Learning the book of Proverbs has highlighted areas in my life that must be refined.
Pride kept these areas hidden to the point that I couldn’t see them until the Holy Spirit spoke to me through these Words. Being refined is a painful process, but when one submits to it, results come quickly, as well as encouragement to continue the race, hard as it may be.
Proverbs 27:1 Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. The ISV says this: Never brag about the day to come because you don’t know what it might bring.
My life is “a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away” James 4:14, and as Job says in Job 7:7, “my life is wind.” Psalm 90:9 says, “For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.
“Tale that is told” basic Hebrew meaning is that of a mournful or sighing sound portraying the idea of brevity and sadness.
So what am I to do with this? I must keep short accounts – “Now is the day of salvation” 2 Corinthians 6:2, and that I would be “redeeming the time because the days are evil” Ephesians 5:16.
Time is a valued possession and should not be squandered.
Time wasted is gone forever.