Definitions of "dross": "Waste matter; refuse; a waste product taken off molten metal during smelting; the scum formed on the surface of molten metals; worthless matter."
I was led to this thought while reading, what I believe to be, one of the most life affirming set of scriptures in the Bible, Psalm 119. Verse 119 says, "All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross; therefore I love your statutes." While gold is being "tested" by fired, the dross rises to the top and is eventually removed and trashed. In other words, the impurities are separated from what's good and pure.
Now imagine that we, mankind, are the gold of the earth. It is by trial and tribulation that our purity is tested. We often see the wicked with nicer and better things than us. We even find ourselves frustrated with being "the bigger person", being "good", and being obedient to God. Right?? As the corrupt and criminal rise to the top, think of them as the dross found in God's gold. Pure gold is what God wants of us once the fires of life die down and He is ready to take home is treasure.
The easy way is always appealing during tough trials and adversity. The faithless become the dross, for they trust in themselves to be their own saviors, seeking ill ways of quick gain. The faithful remain pure by maintaining and trusting in God, His promises, and His Word, Jesus Christ. So, please want NOT your name to be synonymous with "dross". Hold strong through your trials and KNOW that God WILL see you through and provide all that is NEEDED!
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do." - James 1:2-8 -
HAPPY HUMPDAY Y'ALL!! I LOVE YOU ALL, EACH AND EVERY ONE!!!
Bryan Hollomon Williams