For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried.
Psalm 66:10, ESV
For silver to be made pure, it requires fire. As Christians, we are tested in a similar way. We will face difficulty and fire in our lives, but in these times, let us look to the Lord and know that He is being watchful. A silversmith does not leave the silver in the fire and walk away, but he watches through the window to make sure that he preserves the silver. If he were to walk away and let the silver sit in the fire alone, it might destroy the good silver, but he sits and watches. He watches as the dross burns away and the silver is purified in the flames. In our lives, the Lord does this with those that are His own. He watches over us as we struggle and cry out. He offers protection and turns us away from things that will fully harm us. Throughout our lives, God cleanses us of our sin and seeks to remove from us our sinful nature. This does not come to completion as we walk in this life, but is done until the moment that our Lord calls us home. We don’t know when this date will come, but our Lord does. Our efforts to cleanse ourselves are not in vain, however. God does not leave us to our own devices, but He, like the silversmith, is ever watchful. He keeps an eye on us. As a silversmith watches the dross burn away, how does he know that the process is complete? The silversmith looks for his reflection in the silver. Just like the silversmith watching, our Lord seeks to see His reflection in us and in our lives as He pulls us from the fires that seem to try and consume us. Our Lord is ever watchful. Let us seek to reflect Him and His glory.
Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.