By Allen White
Friends, when life gets really difficult, don't jump to the conclusion that God isn't on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner. 1 Peter 4:12-13 (MSG)
A ladies Bible study was discussing Malachi 3:3, “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.” After much discussion, one lady proposed visiting a silversmith.
She went and asked about the process of refining silver, which he fully described to her. "But Sir," she said, "do you sit while the work of refining is going on?"
"Oh, yes, madam," 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."
As the lady was leaving the shop, the silversmith called her back, and said he had forgotten to mention that the only way that he knows when the process of purifying is complete, is when he sees his own image reflected in the silver. – Unknown
The refining process is not the most enjoyable part of our relationship with God, but it is a necessary process.
How is God refining you today? What is being taken away? What hurts? Remember, “glory is just around the corner.”
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