Isaiah 47:4 says, “As for our Redeemer, the Lord of hosts is His name…” 48:17 says, “Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go.”
Deuteronomy 6:23 says that He brings us out to bring us in. 4:20 says, “But the Lord has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt to be His people, an inheritance, as you are this day. Isaiah 48:10 says, “Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.”
Though all the above verses were written to Israel, we can apply them. He teaches us to profit, and leads us into His way through our trials. Hebrews 12:10 says that He disciplines (teaches, trains) us for our profit. The profit is that we might be partakers of His holiness.
Verse 11 Amplified says, “For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful; but afterwards it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it (a harvest of fruit which consists in righteousness–in conformity to God’s will in purpose, thought, and action…” Romans 5:3-4 is the progression: tribulations (hardships, trials, adversity) which produces perseverance, which produces character, which produces hope.
Everything that we go through is purposeful. Since He is our Redeemer, He redeems ALL things. Nothing is in vain. Our refining trials bring up the hidden dross that taints and opaques our testimony. He purifies and removes those character qualities that do not exemplify Him.
The refining is an essential part of our progressive sanctification. 1 Corinthians 1:29-31 says, “That no flesh should glory in His presence, but of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God–and righteousness and sanctification and redemption–that, as it is written, He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” Embrace your refining process so that you may shine for His glory!