And I will put this third into the fire,
and refine them as one refines silver,
and test them as gold is tested.
They will call upon my name,
and I will answer them.
I will say, ‘They are my people’;
and they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’” (Zechariah 13:9)
God never promised His followers an easy life. He has promised trials, tribulations, and persecution (2 Timothy 3:12, Matthew 10:22, John 16:33). We should never be surprised when they come. However, we can take comfort in knowing that even though the fire is hot, our loving, gracious, merciful Lord is Sovereign, He is in control. Everything He does is for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28).Even though the fire is hot, our loving, gracious, merciful Lord is Sovereign. Click To Tweet
“The design of Sin and Satan is the destruction of our graces as well as of our persons, and therefore they blow up the fire of affliction to the utmost, and would continue it until we are consumed. But ‘Hold,’ says the Lord, ‘My children are my gold, precious in my esteem, and they must pass through the fire to be refined, but not lie there until they suffer loss.’
“And therefore, when we are in the furnace our God sits by to see that the fire be not too hot, nor continued too long upon us, as the refiner watches his gold, manages it while in the furnace, and takes it out thence when it is fully purified. ‘He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver.’ Malachi 3:3
“Well, then, my dear sister, since you are one of those who are precious in the sight of the Lord you must pass through the fire of affliction, but since it is the Lord’s fire, which He has appointed, which He manages, and which he will restrain at His pleasure, trust yourself in the hands of your infinitely wise and gracious Refiner and you shall come out of it both with present and eternal advantage. This affliction, as an instrument in the hand of God the Almighty agent, is at work upon you, and for you, to exercise and increase your graces here, and to prepare you for your future crown. Therefore, endure the trial, for, ‘Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.’ James 1:12” ~ Anne Dutton
As we feel the tongues of fire lick at our feet, rest in knowing the Refiner is watching, is controlling the heat, and is not slow to rescue and bless us in His perfect timing. Let the fire purify your faith, burn off the chaff, and cause you to find strength and peace only in Christ (Psalm 62:5, Psalm 28:7).As you feel the tongues of fire lick at your feet, know the Refiner is controlling the heat. Click To Tweet