“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” 1 Peter 1:6-7 NLT
The current trials of this life are being being used by God to expose our impurities. When gold is placed under heat it melts. The correct amount of heat liquifes the gold and causes "dross" to come to the surface. "Dross" is the impurities in the gold. A goldsmith will pull off the "dross" and continue the process. In doing so, the gold is refined. Each further step takes the gold to another classification. Just like gold, God is continually purifying our lives with fire. The heat is on, but the "Goldsmith of Eternity" is at work, exposing our "dross". Each trial is perfecting our person. He is preparing us for a specific use. If we will let the process take place, God will purify us for service to Him and His kingdom purpose. "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28 NLT Don't despise the fire. Allow God to purify and prepare you for His service. He will make something beautiful of your life if you will let him. He wants to make you a jewel of His adorning. He wants to display His beauty through you. He wants to point to your life as His masterpiece. Surrender your will to His and let him put you in the refiners fire.
Rev. Curtis Norris