Trial by Fire
Most of us have been through the trials of life. From heartbreaks to disappointments, neglect, financial hardships, worry, fear, abuse and even death. Sometimes the age old question is asked... “God, why me?”.
Why would a loving God allow us to go through these things? After all, doesn’t loving us mean he wants our lives to be easyand comfortable?
The answer to that is simply no. Easy and comfortable does not enable growth in your life. God allows trials to befall us because quite honestly, we need them and most often than not, they hurt, but the tribulations He allows in our lives eventually find their purpose and may work in your favour. For a believer, all trials and tribulations have a divine purpose. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope (Romans 5:3-4).
With that said, I think the more fitting question is “Why not you?”
Would you be who you are today if you had not endured the trials? Would you be as wise, as strong, as driven?
Trials and tribulations also come with a reward. They strengthen and refine us, develop godly character and, as in all things, God’s ultimate purpose for us is for us to grow more and more into the image of His Son. Trials are designed for us to reach that goal. At some point in our lives we reach the point where we realize wholeheartedly that we are unable to fully heal from our painful past experiences unless we place the pieces of our broken hearts into the hands of the One who created It.
For some of us that may be the place where we’ve stopped trying to control the reigns of our lives ourselves and hand them over to Him.
This will never be in vain. In Malachi 3:3, Scripture tells us that “He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver”.
The process of purifying silver involves the silversmith sitting in front of the furnace with his eyes steadily fixed on the fire, because if the time necessary for refining is exceeded in the slightest degree, the silver will be ruined. A refiner’s fire refines. It purifies. It melts the bar of silver, separates out the impurities that ruin its value and leaves the silver intact. God’s fire is a refiner’s fire.
God sees it needful to put His children into a furnace and His eyes are steadily fixed on the work of purifying, His wisdom and love both present.
The only way the Silversmith will know when process of purifying and refining is complete is when He sees His own image reflected in the silver.