Moab has been at ease since his youth; he has also been undisturbed, like wine on its dregs, and he has not been emptied from vessel to vessel, nor has he gone into exile. Therefore he retains his flavor, and his aroma has not changed. Therefore behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will send to him those who tip vessels, and they will tip him over, and they will empty his vessels and shatter his jars. Jeremiah 48:11-12
Wine, the longer it is left undisturbed, the more body it will have, and it will be richer and stronger. Once the wine is fermented, it is cloudy and needs to sit for a while so all the sediment gathers at the bottom. The clear wine is then drawn off and is put into a clean cask. Each time the wine goes through this process it becomes clearer.
Moab was a place that pretty much enjoyed peace and prosperity. They were noted for their vineyard, but they were also known to be a proud and haughty people, putting their trust in their prosperity and not in God. They kept fermenting and becoming richer and stronger, but they never had the sediment removed, they kept their old sins, and pride as they aged.
Fortunately for us, the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all our sin and saves us – there is nothing we can do ourselves, except to accept that sacrifice.
But sometimes we go through changes and struggles after we are saved. We need to not be like Moab, proud and haughty. We need to shed the flesh and allow the sediment to be removed. We need to embrace the struggles we go through and seek guidance, counsel and wisdom from the Lord. Don’t just ask God to help you through it, but also ask Him what you can learn from the experience.
God will not let us go sour, we have our salvation, but we do need to go through things sometimes to learn and grow and mature. Each time we do, it gets rid of more and more of that old sediment and we grow closer and closer to the Lord.
When the changes or difficulties come, you need to focus on God and you need to rejoice, be thankful and remember, you are only being refined.