Luke 22:31-32, And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
While the process of being sifted is never enjoyable, and often extremely painful. It’s good to know that during our time of sifting Jesus is praying for us. It’s also good to know that after our time of sifting we will come out stronger and better equipped and enabled to encourage and strengthen others!
When it comes to sifting, I like what one author wrote:
Hold tight. You may be in a season of sifting, and if you respond correctly, this season can be every bit as important as the time of harvest. Sifting builds the muscle of our faith, giving us the caliber of strength we will need for what lies just around the corner. Scripture tells us that the challenges we face in life happen for a reason, and the process of sifting refines us, revealing our weaknesses, exposing our self-dependence and inviting us to greater faith in God and greater dependence on his promises. Our prayer during this time is not that we will avoid being sifted, but that we will navigate the process well, and after we’ve survived, our faith will be ratified. Let’s make this personal. When the sifting begins, we all wonder, Will I survive this at all? And if I do, will I emerge on the other side strengthened, or will I fail? That’s the big question. Will I have the skills, patience, and spiritual depth necessary to survive the sifting process? A sifted person is someone who is able, by God’s grace, to reflect on his experience and emerge from a time of trial with a better grasp of what matters most. He’s a person who has been tested, proven capable and mature.
Are you being sifted today? If so, rest assured Jesus is praying for you and if you respond appropriately, you’ll come out a better man or woman because of the sifting process!