Proverbs 17:3 “The crucible is for refining silver and the furnace is for gold, likewise the Lord tests hearts.

Isaiah 48:10 “ Look, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have purified you in the furnace of misery

We have all been through the school of hard knocks but fail to realize that these are times when God is in the refining business. However, more often than not we may have had a few choice words for the God we serve as to “why me? Or why now? Or what is this all about God?” So when we read verses like these we have to stop and answer those questions. 

These are the “ouch” verses and we really find them uncomfortable when we try to equate God's love with the affliction/misery part. We just want the “God loves me” and the fluffy part, not the refining part, but God  has a higher purpose just as we said yesterday. God is saying I am refining you just as a metalworker would do to remove the dross. The refiner is an assayer, one who is able to determine not only the quantity but the quality of the product and only God has the inner view of our heart. (Jer 17:9) He knows our secret sins, what fears we harbor, what attractions the enemy has placed before us, where we might be prideful, where our love is impure. And so like a refiner of gold God steps up the fire.

If you can face the fire your faith will be stronger, your grace measure in abundance, and your obedience pure. If you pass the test you will come forth just like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, with no smoke upon you. You want to be able to say like Job “if he tested me, I would come forth as gold.” So be ye thankful, Beloved, that God has considered you worthy to step into the fire. Beloved, God knows not only the process but when it is completed. It is finished when He can see his image in the gold. God is finished with your refining when He sees you conformed to the image of His Son. You will be His reflection and be like a diamond in  settings of silver or gold.