Dross?

February 6, 2020

 

My friend, may I ask you a question? Does God places a “veil of innocence” around our souls that is meant to protect us from the evil in this world? Is it as fragile as it is strong? Is it the sheerest of defenses for its simplicity? Yet, when we are within it, do we need fear no harm?

 

My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

 

 

 

“It has now been foreordained that life is a temptation!” Now that is a depressing thought if I ever heard one. Foreordained? That means that no matter what I do or how I do it, ultimately I will end up adrift in a sea of temptation. The harder I paddle from one spot to another all I gain is another patch of deep water. In a way it’s kind of like the kid and the cookie jar. No matter how hard he tries to ignore the cookies, his ignorance can never overcome his under- standing that the jar is full of delicious cookies. He can even leave the room where those cookies are stored high up on the shelf, tempting him to grab just one. Just because they are out of sight makes it no easier to forget that they are there. The temptation follows even when the object of that temptation is not apparent. 

 

Is that really true? God tells us in Scriptures that He allows temptation to enter into our lives. But this is not because He desires that we should fall into them. No. God does not tempt; He only tests (James 1:13-14). It is the manner of that testing that determines the “foreordination” of sin in our lives. If God did not love us, He would likely withhold temptation from our lives altogether. If that were our fate, it is probable that we would find great merit in ourselves and, therefore, fall in love with who we are and not who made us. There is no more certain and expeditious way of stumbling on a path to Hell than this. The writer of the Book of Tobit states it this way, “And because you were acceptable to God, it was necessary that through temptation you should be proved to Him” (Tobit xi. 15). Therein lies the clue. When we “prove” something it is refined and made better. Like the smelting process in which the ore, full of impurities and waste, is “proved”; the dross removed and only the treasure remaining. Now that “refined” product can be made into something sturdy and enduring. That which is proved is destined to become more valuable than when it was in its raw form. 

 

Refining? On the surface that doesn’t sound like much of an improvement. There’s all that heat, grinding, discomfort and pouring out. If that’s our lot in this life, perhaps we’d rather not? Perhaps we are just as well off contending with the evil around us by our own skills and ploys. Do we really need to feel the breath of evil panting down our necks in order to avoid it? Keeping it at arms length by some other means might seem more attractive. 

 

God places a “veil of innocence” around our souls that is meant to protect us from the evil in this world. It is as fragile as it is strong. It is the sheerest of defenses for its simplicity. Yet, when we are within it, we need fear no harm. The devil and the world will press against it, even breath down our necks sometimes. However, when we call upon the name of the Lord, crying out for His protection and mercy, we will be saved and the temptation will be vanquished. In so doing, the breath of the “tiger” will give us pause to reflect on where we ought to be spending our time; in harms way or out of it. 

 

We pray. Heavenly Father, thank You for both giving us the protection that we require to resist temptation and allowing those temptations which help us to grow in faith and belief. Continue to refine us through temptation that we might become strong in heart and spirit; able to avoid those things which cause us spiritual harm. We ask this in Jesus name. Amen! 

 

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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