“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat.”
“We will be sifted – Part 1” dealt with how the enemy likes to shake us up or sift us to distract, discourage and otherwise take our focus away from the Lord. Today I write about how the Lord uses sifting for His glory and honor.
To recap, the term “sifting” is an agricultural one and its meaning is based on the knowledge of how grain is threshed. A sieve was used to separate the kernels of grain from the trash and junk they had mingled with in the threshing: pebbles, twigs, etc. The farmer would have to shake the sieve back and forth to complete this process. What would remain in the sieve were the most useful kernels.
The Lord sometimes sifts us so the trash and junk can be discarded or winnowed away and what remains can be used for His glory. Winnowing is exposing the grain to the air by threshing (either tossing or fanning) so that the loose outer part is blown away. The outer part is known as chaff. This chaff must be taken away to expose the useful grain.
When the day came that I called upon the Lord and asked Him to be my Lord and Savior, there was a lot of trash and junk that needed sifting. In other words, I needed to be shaken. The life I led was not a life that glorified God. It was a life hidden in darkness. But when I called on Jesus, He took that life and shook it. The world had hardened my heart to the things of God. I knew the name of Jesus but I didn’t know the Savior Jesus. The Lord needed to take me to a place where the inner core of my heart (the useful grain) would be exposed to His glorious light. “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12 NKJV) The chaff covering my heart was removed the instant I asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior. I was now out of darkness and into His glorious light.
Friend, there are times when the Lord will shake us, sift us, and thresh us to discard the trash, junk, and outer layers of our hearts so that the inner and useful layers of our heart can be exposed to His glory. There are a lot of things that try to come between us and our relationship with Jesus and sometimes because of our stubbornness, He needs to step in and give us a good shaking. Glory to God that He loves us so much that He takes the time to do this. His everlasting love will not change and His desire to spend eternity with all of us will remain.
Precious Lord, thank You for shaking us up when our hearts get hardened. Thank You for loving us so much that You step in and sift us like wheat. We need this Lord because sometimes we fall and place our trust in the things of the world. Forgive us, Lord. Lord please expose our hearts to Your glorious light so that we may be restored. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
Don’t believe me, believe God!