Refiner's Fire

Reading for Today: Proverbs Chapter 17

Gold Nugget
Verse 3: "The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the hearts."

The testing or trying of silver and gold are known to be performed by the introduction of heat. In order to purify these precious commodities they must endure the fire. It is the natural order of things and is by God's design. Today's "gold nugget" assumes that we have accepted these facts concerning the purification of these elements and are now ready to grasp a more important lesson and yet consistent in order as these. "The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the hearts." Although we live in a microwave society, that is to say, we have found shortcuts to many of our wishes, the purifying of the heart and soul of a man can only be accomplished through the fire as well. The fire is not that of the refining pot or furnace as is silver and gold, but of the refining fire of the Lord. Consider 1 Peter 1:7, "That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:" Jesus is the refining fire that burns away the impurites and preserves the purity. There is only one way to be pure and that is to endure the flame. Our society has taught us to hide, mask or medicate any pain, but it is by His design that we endure these to become who we should be. The basic concept of "No pain, no gain" applies here. Consider also these powerful words from Malachi 3 “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,” Says the LORD of hosts. 2 “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like launderers’ soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the LORD An offering in righteousness.
Lord, I may be tempted to misdirect the purpose or opportunity for growth with my fiery trials and situations. Help me to remember that every trial is also an opportunity for growth should I allow it. Also remind me that I can't have a victory without first having a battle. Amen

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