Proverbs 25:4 “Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.”
There are some words in the Bible with which we are not familiar. Unless we know their meaning, we won’t fully grasp what the verse is all about. Such is the case with the word “dross.” You see, before precious metals, such as silver, are useable and beautiful, they must go through a purification process. They must be found rough in the earth and then heated to high temperatures until they become liquid. Once they reached a certain point, the impurities float to the surface and are skimmed off the top and thrown away. This leaves the purified silver ready to be used for whatever master craftsman desires. The garbage that is thrown away is known as the “dross.”
Verse twelve of our reading today shows us that this process is a picture of our life. We are in rough shape when God finds us. But then He wants to make us into a vessel that is moldable and beautiful for His glory. In order for us to become something valuable for God’s service, we must endure the heat of trial and troubles. The furnace is what God uses to melt away the useless “dross” in our lives. The “dross” is the sin and iniquity in our lives that keep us from being all that God intends for us to be. How we react to the conviction of sin in our lives deyermines to what value God can mold us. It’s not easy having the “dross” removed, but it sure is rewarding when you glimmer in light of God’s glory in using you.
Bro. Ed Schwarz
Clays Mill Road Baptist Church
Commonwealth Baptist College