Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | October 21, 2013

Refined Like Silver

Close-up of Woman's Face“For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver.”  Psalm 66:10 (NIV)

 

Psalm 66:10 tells us that God is refining us. Like silver. Do you know what it takes to refine silver? I was curious, so I looked it up…  Silver ore is heated to 1200 degrees Celsius. That’s 2,192 degrees. Forget hot flashes, THAT is HOT. From there, the silver is put into 30% nitric acid. Sodium carbonate has to be added to the furnace in order to prevent a deadly gas from being produced.

 Now, all of that information is from the internet, so I can’t guarantee the accuracy. But, it sounds to me like there’s a lot of danger in the silver refining process. And risk. But it must be done in order to produce the desired outcome. To separate the beautiful silver from the dross…aka rubbish.

 This is not unlike what God does for us. He takes us regardless of what we’re made of and refines us into His saints. We may go through fires, but God can use those trials as He, the great Refiner, purifies us. Much like a refiner adds the necessary ingredient in order to prevent the deadly gas, God can fill us with Himself in order to prevent anything that would extinguish our desire to follow Him.

 Even when we don’t know what God has in store for us, we can rest knowing He is honing us for His purpose. And while we may not yet be pure silver, we are in a continuous state of refining. Trust Him in that process today.

 “Dear Lord, I know that I can trust You as You refine me like silver. Thank You for being the great refiner.”


For His Glory,

 Laurel Shaler
TRBC Coffee Break

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