A Faith that Withstands the Threshing Floor

“His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” Matthew 3:12

For the past two weeks I have been trying to write a Seed.  However, only the words, “it is time to separate the wheat from the chaff” has rolled through my mind.  So I began to look for a correlating story as my example, however none came to me. I read about the process of separating wheat from chaff.  (Threshing is done by beating the grain using a flail on a threshing floor or using donkeys or oxen walking  in circles on the grain on a hard surface.) 

This phrase first rolled through my gray matter the night before my city was hit by four tornadoes.  How unfair, I remember thinking that our community was dealing with the Covid 19 virus and now a destructive tornado.. So many people I know were out of work, others worried about the health of loved ones and themselves and then to have our community shredded by an EF3 tornado.  Where is the fairness in that?  As I meditated on these thoughts and shared my questions with Jesus, that phrase continued to roll through. It was then that I realized the correlating story wasn’t something from my life but our lives.  We are living in unusual times.  Dangerous and uncertain times.  

“Now the wheat will be separated from the chaff.”  Whispers.

Faith is nothing without testing.  It is easy to stand and say I believe, God is in control and Jesus is my savior when life is good.  It is easy to declare my faith and trust in God when I am not on state lockdown or huddled in a closet in the darkness.  We are living in unusual times.  Dangerous and uncertain times.  It is now that the wheat will be separated from the chaff. 

Is your declaration of trusting and serving the Savior just words?  Or is your faith one that will withstand what we still have to face? These events have not changed our duties as Christians. We are to witness, lift up those in despair, help the needy and retain our faith and joy, no matter what may come.  Now more than ever in your life, those around you need to witness a faith that withstands the threshing floor. 

Are you  the wheat, or the chaff?

Typist for Jesus

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