Pr. 17:3: “The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the hearts.”
In order to bring forth the precious metal to be brought forth, refiners of silver must separate silver from the dross. It is a purification process that is necessary in order to melt away the impurities. Likewise, goldsmiths must melt away the impurities to bring forth the beautiful and valuable gold. Unpleasant as it is, these refining processes require fire to bring forth what is excellent.
There are times when we go through fire. We are charred, scorched, and seared by trials in our lives. When we go through these times when we are surrounded by flames, earthly dross is being separated from our own lives. These are defining moments when impurities and sin melt away and what is left is a pure and precious soul that is useful for God.
1 Cor. 6:9-11a says, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you.”
The wonderful news: “But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”
Malachi reminds us that the Lord is like a refiner that will refine us that we may offer to Him an offering in righteousness. If we allow God to test our hearts now, He can refine us and bring forth the valuable purity that is within us. If we will truly surrender to His hand, He can devour the sin in our lives and use us for His good works.
The next time you’re in the hot spot and flames are all around, know that God can use that to bring forth the beauty within you and melt away all your impurities. Also worth noting….if we go successfully make it through the fires on earth, not turning against God, we will be lifted up at judgment and will not have to suffer the 2nd death, which is an eternal fire. Don’t try to cool off just yet.
A little singed,