Here is an interesting verse in Malachi 3:3. It says, “He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord, an offering in righteousness.”
1 Peter 2:5 says, “You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
Our Refiner works through our fiery trials to bring up the hidden dross. Also to bring out the hidden benefit–our endurance. We are called to endure so that He will be glorified through our lives. James 1:3 Amplified says, “Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.”
Here is a definition of a crucible: a situation of severe trial, or in which different elements interact, leading to the creation of something new. In the crucible of our trials, our Refiner melts the metal of our faith to prove it genuine. He strengthens it by using the crucible-fire to reveal the hidden dross so it can be removed.
I’m excited to tell you that the ebook for He Drew Me Our Of Deep Waters: encouragement for hard trials is in its final stages before publishing. Cover is being drawn and I’m working on the back cover. This ebook (paperback coming as well) is written from the inside of my crucible-trial. Stay tuned…