Bums Hanging Out of the Crucible


Maybe you’re like me.  Sometimes I live under the illusion that I can hide things, kind of like our dogs who think if their heads are behind the couch we can’t see the rest of them.  Our bums are out and we don’t even know it. God sees everything and tests the heart…

3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,
but the Lord tests the heart.
Proverbs 17:3

2 Test me, Lord, and try me,
examine my heart and my mind;
Psalm 26:2

23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm 139:23-24

We can desire it and ask God to do it, or we can go our own way and he will do it regardless.  God searches and tries our hearts.  He checks in on the status of the inner person.  We can fool ourselves and we can fool other people, yet God sees what is going on at the heart level.

We might be under the illusion that we can hide things, kind of like our dogs who think if their heads are behind the couch we can’t see their big hairy bums hanging out.  That’s it, folks. Our bums are out and we don’t even know it…

To understand the magnitude of what God is talking about here, he gives us two examples: the furnace and the crucible.  The crucible is a pot or vessel, often clay in ancient times, which could withstand amazing temperatures in the refining and production of metals.  The furnace is similar. The dross (useless materials) would burn up and the gold would remain.  God has those methods for precious metals, yet he reserves his own attention and gaze for his children.

God’s eyes can penetrate and see our lives laid bare before him (Hebrews 4:3).  Nothing is hidden, the scripture says.  Get it?  Yeah, me too.  Time for confession.

Maybe we should realize that confession is our verbalization of things God already knows.  Confession is us agreeing with God in what he already knows about our sin.  Sin?  Why are we only talking about sin?  Because our good works don’t need to be found out, typically, do they?  No.

Our good works are things we either have on display or guard with the security akin to the expertise of Sergeant Schultz on Hogan’s Heroes.

Good or bad, everything is before the Lord, and this should make us think about our lives differently and make us contemplate our behaviour also.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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