Scripture for Today: Proverbs 26:23 “Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart.”
In a modern household, it is no longer the style to have much silver plated items in drawers or on tables. I was offered my Mother’s silver plated dessert tray but turned it down. I knew that there would be lots of maintenance to keep it clean and shiny. Silver can so easily become tarnished and dark, losing its shine. But with proper care, silver can be an eye-catching piece of decor. However, I could not see myself buying special cleaning products and taking time to polish the silver!
Today’s verse talks about a different kind of silver. Not only is it of inferior quality but it is covering something mundane and of little value. Silver dross is used as a symbol in Scripture for what is base and worthless. This silver includes impurities that float to the surface in the melting process. It catches one’s attention but flaws are seen on closer examination. Fervent or smooth talking lips are just like that silver. Flattering words and warm expressions of friendship can hide an evil heart.
A vow of friendship. A declaration of love. A promise made. Or a pretense of good will. It can all be “silver dross” hiding a much different agenda. The hurt caused by this kind of duplicity can be life changing. We all have stories. We have all been victims. But there is One who will never be untrue. His Word is always trustworthy. He calls me His friend (John 15:15). He affirms for me an unending love (Psalm 103:17). He keeps every promise (II Cor. 1:20). And His plans for me are good (Jer. 29:11).
Thank you Lord, that Your Word is pure silver and always trustworthy.