This is my first post for my new weekly series “Sunday Devotions” where I will attempt to share with you my favorite scriptures and insights into gospel topics.
Today I want to talk about the scripture found in Zechariah Chapter 13 Verse 9 (KJV)
“And I will … refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.”
I love the imagery used in this scripture. That God is using the fire of adversity to refine us. It teaches me that YES, there is a purpose to all I go through. There is a purpose for my trials. I am being refined or perfected by God. For only once I am fully refined with all my weaknesses and impurities gone, does my true intrinsic value shine forth. Only then can I then be used for my divine purpose. I don’t know about you, but for me this perspective makes it easier to make it through my trails when I am still in the middle of them.
The example of being refined as silver gives me an even greater insight to God’s refining process. For refining silver is a exact process. The refiner places the silver in a hot fire watching every moment to make sure that the fire is hot enough to work out the impurities, but never too hot (least the silver is ruined). Over and over the silver is put in the refiner’s fire for a time, then pulled out again to check on it.
And do you know how the refiner knows the silver is done?
The silver is done when the refiner can see His image reflected within the molten silver. I LOVE That! I want the Lord’s image reflected in my countenance. I want everyone to see the Lord through me. I want those who don’t know God, but know me, what to know God because they know me.
What are your thought about the refiner’s fire? Does knowing this help you too when you are in the middle of hard trials?