Winnowing is a step in the process of separating the wheat from the chaff. In its earliest form, it was when the wheat, which had already been beaten on the ground to loosen the wheat from unusable parts of the plant, was thrown into the air to allow the wind to blow away the chaff. What was left was the pile of valuable wheat kernels which fell to the ground and could be collected.
We have a similar process we use when we sift flour, but the results are just the opposite. After sifting, left in the sifter are the impurities and the clean flour is in a pile beneath the mesh screen of the sifter.
We understand that both actions result in the same outcome. We have separated the good from the bad. We have removed the impurities that would make the end product unusable.
How does this apply to our thoughts? Take a moment and consider what your mind has been dwelling on for the past few days… or weeks… or months. If you are like most of the rest of us, you have been thinking about viruses, riots, statues, masks, loss of income, political arguments, name calling, destruction…chaos.
I feel the Lord calling us away from this obsession with darkness, fear, and anger. We have been tricked into focusing on all the distractions in this world and have gotten away from what God calls us to do.
Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable–if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy–dwell on these things. – Philippians 4:8 (CSB)
I am not saying we should hide our heads in the sand and ignore the things going on around us. I AM saying we need to stop fixating on the problems and focus on the only One who has the answers.
How much of what you’ve been thinking about fits into the verse from Philippians? My challenge to you is to rise up and take your thoughts and throw them all into the air so the Lord can blow away the chaff and let what is of value become your focus.
There is a saying, “glance at your problems and gaze at the Lord.” I think we may have it backwards.