“For, lo, I will command, and I will sift …like as [corn] is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.”
Every saint of God will experience the sifting process in their life, at one time or the other. That is, we will be placed in God’s vast sieve to be shaken and tossed to and fro, as grain being sifted. The purpose is that the chaff, the outward dry husk surrounding the grain, along with the dust of the earth clinging to it, will be blown away by the winds of adversity. It is waste material and of little or no value. Only the good grain remains. The precious endures, the vile destroyed.
Notice, it is God who holds the sieve in His hands, “I will sift,” yet, He may use others as the means in the process. You’ll remember that in the case of Peter He used Satan to sift him, but God was the principle. We know from the book of Job that the devil is limited in what he can do to a believer.
Dear child of God, if you are being sifted today, take heart. God promises not one grain shall be lost, even to the least. No, not one! As Jesus prayed, sometime after Peter’s sifting, “Those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost.” And why was not Peter carried away with the chaff? Listen to Christ’s words just prior to Simon Peter entering the sieve, “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired [to have] you, that he may sift [you] as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not.” And He is praying for you this very moment.