It’s canning season in Iowa. People are preserving the bounty from their gardens. They are making jam from the fruit and freezing items they cannot can. Some things, like onions, are hung to dry.
The most important thing in canning is to have a good seal. You check each jar to see if it is vacuum sealed.
God seals his people, too.
Ezekiel 9:4, “And the Lord said to him, go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon their foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in the midst of it.”
“We seal what we wish to guard securely. When all things else on earth are confounded, God will secure his people from the common ruin…Tenderness should characterize the man of God, not harsh sternness in opposing the ungodly; at the same time zeal for the honour of God…It may be objected that Daniel, Jeremiah, and others were carried away, whereas many of the vilest were left in the land. But God does not promise believers exemption from all suffering, but only from what will prove really and lastingly hurtful to them.” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. I
We seal food using pressure, high heat, extreme cold and lack of water. If we feel our lives are under pressure, too hot to handle, stone cold or hung out to dry…we just might be undergoing the “sealing” process of God!