September 7 The Fragrance God Loves to Smell

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 5:6–10

Key Verse: 1 Peter 5:10

May the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

God is always in charge of the sifting process. There is never a time when the trials and tribulations of life are beyond His control. Even when you feel frustrated and confused, God is in the driver’s seat. Satan never has the upper hand. And though the enemy may seek to discredit you, God has justified you through your acceptance of His Son.

God uses sifting not only to remove the impurities in our lives, but also to surface the qualities He desires to use greatly. Most of us have heard about how fire refines gold. It is in the heating up of the material that the dross is made visible and removed. The hotter the fire, the purer the gold.

God doesn’t sift and refine us in relaxed and beautiful settings. Often the purging comes in times of tempest and trial. In her devotional classic Streams in the Desert, Mrs. Charles Cowman wrote,

Sometimes God sends severe blasts of trial upon His children to develop their graces. Just as torches burn most brightly when swung to and fro; just as the juniper plant smells sweetest when flung into the flames; so the richest qualities of a Christian often come out under the north wind of suffering and adversity. Bruised hearts often emit the fragrance that God loveth to smell.

Dear Lord, when my heart is bruised, let it emit the fragrance You love. Bring forth Christlike qualities in my tough times.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 262). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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