Friday, October 30, 2009

Why the Trials?

Prov. 17:3 The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,
and the LORD tests hearts.

This is not hard to write out but it is hard to live out. How often we complain about going through a trial- being in the furnace? We may not even say this out loud, but we may have a complaining heart when God is allowing us to go through trials.

My point in this post is certainly as much for myself as for your encouragement. Anything that is of value has to go through some sort of trying process. Diamonds are cut, gold and silver are heated to take off the dross and we must remember that because we are valuable God allows- even desires- us to go through trials that we might be refined.

This refining shows the value that He has for us and also when the process is complete He can see how pure He has made us to be.

So the next time you are going through various trial, and you may get more than one at a time, remember James 1: 2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

What a day that will be when we are perfect, complete and lacking nothing and we stand before our Father and He says, "Well done". It is His work and His purifying that bring about the perfect fruit of righteousness.

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