The Refiner’s Fire

Recently, a show aired on television that showed how the ancients refined gold and silver. The refining of metals dates back to 550 BC at Sardis, where the first coins were minted. The refiner would heat the fire to 700 degrees to melt the silver and then pour it into clay jars. The impurities would float to the top and stick to the edges of the pots. How did the refiner know when the silver was pure? He knew when he could see a perfect reflection of himself in the silver.

I have to admit that I often struggle with the knowledge that I have been made in God’s image because at any given time I can take a spiritual look at myself in the mirror and I have yet to see His perfect image staring back at me. After watching this show, it became clear to me that the fact that I do not see His reflection it does not mean that I am not made in His image and it does not mean that I will never see His reflection looking back at me. Refining gold and silver is a process.

Malachi 3:2-3 describes Yeshua’s coming as follows: “For He will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, He will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver.”

When I accepted Yeshua into my heart, my life changed immediately. My image did not. I became a child of God, but I did not always look like one to those around me, especially in the beginning. The process however commenced immediately.

I look at many circumstances, events – and from time to time – a crisis here and there. In retrospect, I can see that in all of things, God has allowed the heat to be turned up in order to separate the dross from my character by this very process. I am called to reflect grace and mercy, not unkindness and judgment. I am called to reflect courage and faith, not cowardice and fear. I am called to live and walk in integrity, not dishonesty. The purification or refining in my life is a continuous process, one that deepens my dependency on Him, one that brings me into a more intimate relationship with Him, and one that brings me closer to having His reflection look back at me in that spiritual mirror.

Knowing Him is loving Him. Loving Him is doing as He did in the same nature and spirit as He did. His Refiner’s Fire is not limited to the Levites….

6 thoughts on “The Refiner’s Fire

  1. Hope,

    How I love this blog post. I’ve had a long interest in what the bible teaches about the furnace of affliction. We need to be refined in the fire, though it is never a pleasant experience to go through.

    About 15 years ago, I was reading in Isaiah about how when we go through the fire, God is with us, and when we go through the waters they will not overflow us. I’d read these verses many times over the years, but for the first time ever I realized the use of the word “when.” These Scriptures don’t say “if” we go through the fire and the flood, but “when.” Seeing as how I’ve been through more than my share of both, I found it comforting to know that as a follower of Christ, the furnace of affliction is a given. For so long I’d secretly assumed my afflictions were punishment for all my imperfections.

    You left a comment the other day on my Beautiful Dreamer blog. I no longer write new material on that blog, but you can find my new Beautiful Dreamer blog at: http://bdreamer.squarespace.com/

    In addition, I have a blog that’s more of a spiritual nature over at http://sweetcomfort2day.blogspot.com/

    I hope you’ll visit me on one, or both. It’s great to have readers to encourage me in my efforts to live with integrity in this world, as well as to be able to lend the same kind of encouragement to others.

    Beauty

  2. Thank you for the reminder that going through the refining fire clears our vision, gives us a different prospective as to our true identity.

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