No Watercolors in the Sifting of the Soul

Sifting before the Harvest

Sifting before the Harvest

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat,
I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31-32)

This passage of scripture holds many gems and we are wise to uncover the telling of these truths. We do not even have to scratch the surface as Jesus informs Simon (Peter) that Satan has demanded to sift him. Satan has not responded to God as an observation, as with Job, but the evil one has demanded to sift Simon….like wheat. For a mature Christian dining on the meat this scripture can stiffen the back, but for a Christian dining on the milk, and not yet weaned, the scripture chills.

Satan hath desired – Satan is the prince of evil. One of his works is to try the faith of believers to place temptations and trials in their way that they may be tested. Thus God gave Job into his hands, that it might be seen whether he would be found faithful, or would apostatize. (Job 1: 7-12). So Satan desired to have Peter in his hands, that he might also try him. Commentary: Albert Barns

It is tempting to begin our painting with the technical colors of the processes such as thrashing and winnowing before the harvest. And these are all fine colors to paint. Or we paint boldly in colors of battle and defense, in a painted picture of faith. Or, what about the colors of encouragement in knowing we have the prayers of Jesus. Oh beloved, what colors this picture would paint…so priceless and precious indeed! But the colors that are striking today are the colors of “strengthening the brothers,” as is our Saviors command. After the sifting and when we are turned, we are to strengthen our brothers. So our picture is not of watercolors but those of oils, after the anointing. ~Amen :Y

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