Something is in the midst of the flames! What do you really see?
I love to sit by the fire and gaze into its flames and hot coals. I often think about the beauty that comes from such a horrific and intense process of things created from out of the flames! You are in for a treat today as you read about such flames! As I began to write for this week, I was prompted to shift gears. This is not unusual. But, what was really unusual was the email I received during the middle of this week...this blog! When I read it, I knew that someone needed encouragement. So I'll save my thoughts for another day and share with you these timely words.
Todays Monday Musing is shared with us by Judy Ingle. For those of you that are new to reading our blog, Judy is my aunt in Tennessee; who like me, sees God in the most amazing places. Her eyes and ears are ever open to discover God's spiritual truths that dance before us in the most common places at the most uncommon times!
Be Blessed, Sherry
Now, wouldn't it be great if it were possible to turn straw into gold? What am I thinking?! Come to think of it, the Bible does speak of a kind of straw in 1 Corinthians 3: 12-13. Yet, it never speaks of gold as a problem solver! Spiritually we can weave our straw, the wood, hay and stubble of our lives into golden, priceless treasures for God's glory.
Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it because it shall be revealed by fire;
and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is."
1 Corinthians 3:12
the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him:
God is a refuge for us. Selah."
"Is not my word like as a fire, saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?" Jeremiah 23:29
Once exposed the gold and silver were placed in a crucible and put through a fire removing all impurities. All the dross, that which was worthless, was burned away, revealing their greatest value.
A Silversmith was onced asked, "Do you sit while the work of refining is going on? "Oh yes," replied the Silversmith; "I must sit with my eye steadily fixed on the furnace, for if the time necessary for refining be exceeded in the slightest degree, the silver will be injured."
"How much more God's eye intently watches over us!" Psalm 32:8
God "sits" over us! While we are busy in our everyday lives trying to find a time to fit our Saviour in and making choices apart from God's leading, God sits over us and our problems. He patiently watches and waits until the heat of the hardship or the busyness we have created has burned away all that's impure leaving behind gleaming gold and shimmering silver. The dross is left behind, that worthless junk in our lives. God is not distracted nor does He get side-tracked as we so easily do, He patiently waits; sitting thoughtfully taking care of us while knowing all the cirumstances surrounding our lives. He is purging us and freeing us from all that can harm us while purifying our hearts.
He waits...until the refining process is complete.
He knows it is complete when He looks into the refining crucible and can clearly see His own reflection! A vessel made pure and clean for the Master's use. Proverbs 25:4 tells us, "Take away the dross from the silver and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer." Someone once said: "Silver is a word of great intrinsic value, and so are we in God's hands." Also, Isaiah 1:25 tells us, "And I will turn my hand upon thee and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin." When we find ourselves under pressure and it seems we are being "crushed" by everything and everybody, as silver is crushed in a crucible, remember God is in control. He is sovereign and His grace is sufficient. God's loving refining process will produce a pure vessel radiant with joy, purposely cleansed to magnify Him.
"Receive every inward and ourtward trouble, every disappointment...darkness and desolation with both your hands, as a blessed occassion of dying to self, and entering into a fuller fellowship with your Saviour. Look at no inward or outward trouble in any other view; reject every other thought about it; and then every kind of trial and distress will become the blessed day of your prosperity. That state is best which exercises the highest faith in and fullest resignation to God."
"There is power enough in God to help the weakest
and grace enough to help the unworthiest of all that trust Him."
When wrong comes our way we should be open and honest before the Lord asking Him to make an internal search and examination of our lives, therefore, revealing the real condition of our heart. He will refine us. Someone once said, "God only tries the heart and He is both the searcher and the sovereign of the heart."
Psalm 66:10, "For thou O God, has proved us; thou hast tried us as silver is tried."
May this be a constant prayer in our hearts...
"Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts; And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." Psalm 139: 23-24
In His Love,