Trials are controlled by God. They do not last forever, they are “for a season.” When God permits His children to go through the furnace, He keeps His eye on the clock and His hand on the thermostat. If we rebel, He may have to reset the clock; but if we submit, He will not permit us to suffer one minute too long.
The important thing is that we learn the lesson He wants to teach us and that we bring glory to Him alone.
Peter illustrated this truth by referring to the goldsmith. No goldsmith would deliberately waste the precious ore. He would put it into the smelting furnace long enough to remove the cheap impurities; then he would pour it out and make from it a beautiful article of value.
It has been said that the eastern goldsmith kept the metal in the furnace until he could see his face reflected in it. So our Lord keeps us in the furnace of suffering until we reflect the glory and beauty of Jesus Christ.
Verse for today: “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you”(1 Peter 5:10).
Read: Romans 8:17; 2 Corinthians 1:7.
Action assignment: In an encyclopedia look up the listing entitled “Refining” and consider the processes mentioned to get a better grasp of this thought. Talk with God about refining as it may apply to you.
WARREN W. WIERSBE