Some days the heat seems too intense to bear. The struggles in life are like a white, hot furnace that seeks to scorch us; to burn and scar us. It is hard to see that these struggles are refining us, deepening our faith and trust in God.
Burning off the dross, the impurities in our life, is a painful process, but the result is a more pure life with God. As we are refined in the fire, the sin in our life becomes more evident. We seek to “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles;” seek to “run with perseverance the race marked out for us (Hebrews 12:1, NIV).” In God’s refining fire he is sanctifying us, shaping us into a vessel for the Kingdom of God.
“But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in former years.” – Malachi 3:2-4 (NIV)
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