And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
I read a tweet this morning that spoke so deeply to me. Now, if you know me at all, you know I’m not a Twitter fan. I spend most of my time on there sharing this blog and checking notifications. But this tweet was there when I first opened it.
Read that again. So many times on this Christian walk everybody thinks life should just be a walk in the park, but it’s not. Sometimes we walk through things because we need to grow closer to Him. I know every time I’ve had to walk through a difficulty, my faith has grown stronger. In those moments, we finally turn in our desperation to the only One who can turn things around. And sometimes He calms those storms, and other times He just calms us.
We used to sign this song at church when I was younger that mentioned refiner’s fire. It was a pretty song, and I never really thought about the lyrics. Those lyrics come from Scripture.
But He knows the way that I take: When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. Job 23:10
The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the hearts. Proverbs 17:3
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:6-7
These three verses tell us that we will be put to the fire. So many times we think the fire is bad. Trust me, I know it hurts, but we have to walk through the fire. Gold is put in the fire to rid it of its impurities. We have to walk through the fire just the same way. God can’t rid us of impurities if life is always easy. When life is easy, we have a tendency to not need our Savior as much, but when life is hard, we realize He’s the only One who can see us through.
If you’re walking through something tough today, I encourage you to turn to Jesus. Trust His plan. James 1:2-3 tells us, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” His plan is bigger than yours and He will see you through!