Tried, Refined and Purified
For You, O God, have proved us; You have tried us as silver is tried, refined, and purified.”
Psalm 66:10 Amplified Bible
How is silver refined? How was it refined in Biblical times? A silver smith holds a piece of silver over the fire and allows it to heat up. The silver needs to be held in the middle of the fire where the flames are the hottest as to burn away all the impurities. The silver smith has to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver is being refined. He not only has to sit there holding the silver, but he has to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it is in the fire because if the silver is left even a moment too long in the flames, the silver could be destroyed. How does the silver smith know when the silver is fully refined? He knows the refinement of silver is complete when he is able to see his image in it. Now meditate on how God handles you during the trying times of your life.
Taken from “The Refiner’s Fire: Taking Advantage of Trials & Adversity” by Rabbi Reuel Dillon
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like the thought of being in the middle of a blazing fire. Something about being in adversity just is not appealing to me, yet it is the very place where I have God’s undivided attention. As much as I don’t like it, now I have a better understanding about going through the fire. I know that it is for my good, because whatever is not profitable for my life is burned completely off. So I will gladly go through the fire for I know that God is with me, like the Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace (Daniel 3:19-25), and I will be stronger and purer because of the process.
Prayer: Father, you know me. You know just what I need to be refined for your purpose and glory. I am grateful that you are with me always so I can endure my hardships with a good attitude. You always want what is best for me. I trust you with my life, my plans, my dreams and my heart. You are good to me, I love You. In Jesus, Name, Amen.
Application: In what areas do you need to be refined? Spend some time in quiet meditation with God and submit that/those areas to Him in prayer.
Carrie B. Robinson