Gold is a very pliable metal. In its purest form it is very soft and moldable.
In its natural form there are almost always traces of other metals and in order to get rid of these unwanted elements, it has to be refined. The purification process is to extract those other metals and remove impurities so that the end product is pure gold. This makes it more valuable. There are several ways to refine gold but one of the best ways is to put it through fire to burn out the impurities.
We can compare the mixed gold with our present lives. We all have some element(s) that are not pleasing to God and need to be extracted. The refinement process for the extraction represents the trials and tribulations in our lives. Hopefully when we are put into these situations instead of fussing or complaining, we ask God, “What are you wanting to teach me or work out of me?”
The trouble and tribulation that is being unleashed in these last days are for judgments but can also be the refiner’s fire to cleanse and burn up all the impurities in our lives. Because of the fear about these things, many are leaving or contemplating leaving America. For those that have not been directly told by God to leave, I have one question. Why are you running from the refiner’s fire?1 Peter 1:7 says ,” That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ” (KJV).
When these things begin to happen, it’s not because you are being abandoned. Remember that these things are not happening to you because God doesn’t care. He loves us and desires His best for us. Isaiah 48:10 says,” Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction” (KJV). That furnace of affliction may not be the same for all of us. For some of us, it may be Ebola (or some other frightening disease), or watching loved ones suffering or martyred before our eyes. For others it could be imprisonment or losing custody of your children as a punishment for standing up for Jesus. Many of us will be tortured, probably beyond what we can imagine. As I stated earlier, gold in the purest form is soft and pliable. The Lord wants us in that condition so that He can mold us into what He desires us to be. In order to do that, fleshly things and desires of this world must be burned away. I don’t enjoy writing this and as a matter of fact my flesh cringes even thinking about these things, but we have to be prepared spiritually.
No matter what happens keep in mind what we are told in Deuteronomy 31:8 (KJV), “And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee: He will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.”
What will be your response when trouble and affliction come? Will you be angry or take offense at God because of it or will you say yes Lord. An excellent example of what our response and attitude should be is found in the story of Job. He was a blessed man and highly favored of the Lord. He had everything that a man could ask for (sounds like many of us in America). Satan went before the Lord and accused Job of only serving God because of His blessings. So the Lord allowed satan to test and afflict Job in various ways. The afflictions happened one after another with no room for Job to even process what was happening. Even after losing his children and receiving this news, “Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head and fell down upon the ground and worshipped,” Job 1:20 (KJV).
As if that wasn’t enough, Job was then smitten with boils and his suffering was such that even his own wife told him “Dost thou still retain thine integrity? Curse God and die,” Job 2:9 (KJV). Still in the midst of this affliction Job would not sin with his lips.
No matter what happens or comes our way; no matter how hot the refining fire gets, keep your eyes on Jesus. Keep in mind the words written by the Apostle Paul. “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us,” Romans 8:18 (KJV).
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