Every precious metal has impurities. It is only in the process of smelting (refining) the metal that the impurities rise to the top so that they can be skimmed off. In the best of us, there is impurity and in the worst of us, there is purity.
Israel had become so depraved that God refers to them as “slag” which is the impurity in silver. God created us to be precious and special but when we walk away from Him and disregard His instructions, we trade our precious metal for worthless dross.
Whenever we are tempted to disobey, we must choose to let our heart be sensitive to God so that we would not trade what is precious for what is cheap. Walking away from God is cheap living. Trying to find the solutions to life without God is a cheap approach to life. When we live our lives to honor God and follow His Word, we live precious lives. Be clear: we are always precious to God regardless of our state (silver or slag). We just devalue ourselves by our actions. You matter to God! Live like the precious person you were created to be.
Tomorrow’s Reading: Ezekiel 23:1-49; Hebrews 10:18-39; Psalm 109:1-31; Proverbs 27:13