Process of Refinement

24 04 2008

1 Peter 1:6-7

The song set emerged from reflecting over refinement and what that entails. To purify gold, I heard that you heat it up to melt, which separates out the impurities so to remove them. Personifying the gold (to apply the metaphor), I can’t imagine the refining process to be a very pleasant one for the gold. But endured, refinement would be for the best, to remove the impurities.

2008.04.20 Songs
Blessed Be Your Name – Matt Redman
Rushing Wind – Keith Green
At the Cross – Hillsong

Looking back over 13 years of being a Christ-follower, I see the most difficult times are often coupled with times of personal spiritual growth in some way. Pastor William mentioned to me that in history the church grew in times of persecution. William and Esther walked with me during very difficult times of my personal failures which resulted in decisions and behavior that revealed who I really am on the inside. But through those times of greater self-understanding, I came to know the love, grace, forgiveness and/or restoration God gives a little more than I did before. That can’t be a bad thing.

Why is it refining fire? Perhaps because it’s often a bit frightening and it will hurt. But if my worldview is a Christian one, then God is trustworthy beyond whatever difficulty may come my way in this lifetime. Furthermore, I can even welcome and embrace those difficulties if doing so makes me more fit for the life to come.

And finally, I must not forget that the greatest difficulty was endured by one — not for his own benefit but for mine — on the cross, where my Savior died for me.

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