Refined to Shine
This morning as I was getting ready, I went to the window and looked out at a grey and cloudy sky. My first thought was, “Wow, it is going to be one of those days.” I was immediately rebuked in my spirit and I heard clearly, “Joey, I have made today, so rejoice in it and be glad!” I immediately changed my thoughts and the day got “sunny”, even though the clouds were hanging low.
I have a hope that is very real today and you do as well if you know Jesus. A lot of times I look at the “clouds” and all the “stuff” around me rather than looking at Christ’s goodness. I was reading in Psalm 12 and a verse caught my attention. David said, “The Lord’s promises are pure, like silver refined in a furnace, purified seven times over.”
As I was pondering this verse my eyes zeroed in on the word, pure. Pure means free from defects, perfect, and faultless. This word does not fit a lot of things in our culture today. When we go and view the news we do not see “pure” news segments. Most focus on how imperfect things in our world are today.
Pure, in this verse is describing God’s Word. I am reading in Psalm 12 and everything on the page is pure. Every page I turn and read from is pure. I am blown away when I think about that truth today. John 3:16 is pure. Philippians 4:13 is pure. Every verse in every passage of Scripture is truth and pure.
In ancient times, silver was purified through a process called cupellation. The metal alloy was placed in a clay vessel and heated until it melted. In the process the impurities, called dross, floated to the top and it was skimmed from the surface of the melted metal. The process was repeated until the silver was completely purified. The refiner knew the silver was pure when it shined and he was able to see his reflection in it.
God’s words are compared to this refining process. From the beginning of time God’s words have been “tried” and put to the test here on the earth. It has come under intense fire. Even back in Genesis 3:1 the serpent questioned the validity of God’s words and he put doubt in Eves’ mind. However, through all the tests, God’s Word remains pure and true.
Even this refining process can be applied to my messed up life today. Sometimes I feel as though I have been placed right in the middle of the fire. I feel like I am going to be destroyed. The process is not a pleasant place to be. I have had to face my hurts, habits and hang-ups during this difficult and uncomfortable process. I have had to admit how messed up my life really is. This process is not fun, but it is it extremely necessary and has led me to hope.
How do we hang on to hope in the midst of our trials and messiness, especially when the heat is turned up on us? Finances run out, sickness comes, or we struggle with emotions and issues we thought we had long conquered. We make it through the fire because we know the words of God are perfect and He has a plan for us when we surrender to His will. Remember, the heat and pain God allows in our lives is purposeful. The heat is never intended to destroy us, only to remove the dross. Removing the dross, allows us to move forward in our journey. As the heat intensifies in your life, know the Lord will never leave you or forsake you. How do I know? He said so in His Word. Malachi 3:3 says, “He will sit like a refiner of silver, burning away the dross.”
He will remove everything from our lives that does not allow Him to see His reflection. Are we allowing Him to remove the dross, the impurities in our lives? I had to get personal and ask myself, “Am I allowing Him to be the Refiner of me?” Only when the refiner looks in the clay pot and sees his reflection is the process completed.
As we trust our Savior to use our hurts, habits, and hang-ups to cleanse our character and purify our hearts, will we begin to become refined. Isaiah 48:10 says, “See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.” How we begin to handle our afflictions (hurts, habits, and hang-ups) determines how refined we will become.
Today, I want to leave everyone with this pure truth found in God’s Word, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” (Isaiah 43:2)
Remember, those words from God’s Word today is pure and it is truth. Don’t give up or quit on the Refiner’s processes in your life. He is desiring to see His reflection in you today.
Refiner's fire My heart's one desire Is to be holy Set apart for You, Lord I choose to be holy Set apart for You, my Master Ready to do Your will