Amos 9:9 – For lo, I will command, and shake the house of Israel among all the nations as one shakes with a sieve, but no pebble shall fall upon the earth. (RSV)
Recently, I responded to a part-time job advertisement. We, the applicants, were so many, yet the employer sought for only a few employees. A short list was penned, indicating those successful applicants who were then required to appear for an interview. I was lucky to attend an oral interview. It wasn't simple. I lost; I did not get the job.
Earthly sifting is based on principles suiting the one gauging, and, unfortunately, perfection in the process is questionable. Grain with potential (or even some potential) is often lost in the chaff.
Not so with God's sieve. Instead, to Him, all people whom He chooses are preserved to be used in His service. His emphasis is on quality, as opposed to quantity. Never does He depend on the masses, but upon individuals. He is more interested in the genuine article. Hence, the "little flock" is assured of salvation in His time.
Sifting today might come in the form of pestilence, perseverance, or long-suffering. Such cases call for a prayerful life, so as to cling to the sacred promises and attain victory after it all. We surely have God's own promise that "not the least grain" will ever be lost through the sieve.
Prayer: Father, worthy are your deeds and promises. We ask for greater minds to learn your ways. Thanks for your promises on which we stand. We ask for your blessings today, in Jesus' name. Amen.