Five Minute Friday REFINE

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There are two main ways to refine gold. You either heat it with fire to over 1000 degrees C, then stir and skim off the impurities as they rise to the top. Or you dissolve the impurities with acid, which is then neutralised and washed away, leaving almost pure gold.

Pure gold sounds stunning. But it’s actually a muddy looking substance that has to be dried into a powdered residue and then heated to melting point for it to be useable.

So the end result might be glorious but the process – flames, stirring, skimming, or acid, drying, melting– that’s painful. The Bible talks about how God refines us like precious metal:

The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts.’ (Proverbs 17.3)

But, until we’re in the middle of it, we ignore how excruciating this can be. Then, ironically, when we are going through the stress of being refined, we focus only on the difficulty and forget the hope of the end result.

‘For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. You brought us into the net; you laid a crushing burden on our backs; you let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.’ (Psalm 66.10-12)

It’s all about perspective and trust.

So wherever we are in the process, let’s keep our eyes on the Refiner Himself.

‘But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.’ (Job 23.10)

 

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5 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday REFINE

  1. hi nameless:),
    i love this post. i was going to write about something along these lines, but decided to write about the specific area of refining i’m going through. it isn’t glamorous, but it’s real. you did a great job with this topic. i love your post!

    btw, i’m your next door neighbor at fmf today.

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    • Thanks Martha. It felt a bit obvious but it was interesting to to read up on the refining process and reflect as I’m going through it myself at the moment. What I didn’t write about was the risk of injury to the refiner – something else worth mulling over.
      Will check out your FMF post too. I love this community ❤

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  2. Wise, encouraging words. It can be difficult at times to remember there is purpose to our pain and focusing on the pain can produce discouragement and even despair. Thank you for the reminder to “keep our eyes on the Refiner Himself” during the refining process. I am thankful that He remains close to us during the refining process, as indicated in Malachi 3:3. Blessings. Visiting from Five Minute Friday.

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