When I was in high school, my cousin sent me two verses. I want to share them with you. Psalm 20 was written by David. Verse 4-5 says, “May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your purpose. We will rejoice in your salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.”
David also wrote Psalm 21. Verse 2 says, “You have given him his heart’s desire, and have not withheld the request of his lips.” David had a desire to build a house for the Lord. He carried that desire in his heart. However it was fulfilled through his son Solomon.
When king Solomon dedicated the temple, he reiterated David’s desire. 1 Kings 8:18 says, “But the Lord said to my father David, Whereas it was in your heart to build a temple for My name, you did well that it was in your heart.”
David was not allowed to build the temple because he was a man of war. The Lord said that he had shed much blood. He assured David that He would fulfill David’s desire through his son. How did David respond?
1 Chronicles 29:3 says, “Moreover, because I have set my affection on the house of my God, I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house, my own special treasure of gold and silver.”
What are your affections set on? David gave us a right perspective in Psalm 27:4. It says, “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.”
The Lord uses our trials to expose the hidden dross in our faith. He refines our faith, removing any alloy, so that we reflect His character. He uses the crucible to burn up our affections composed of wood, hay, and straw.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego went through a crucible that was heated seven times hotter than usual. Daniel 3: 27 says when they were removed from the crucible, “…whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them.”
Here is one of my crucible anchor verses. Isaiah 43:2 says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.”
The Lord was right in the crucible with the three Hebrew men, as He is with each of us. What a comfort. We never had to fear the crucible. It is one of God’s instruments that He uses to fulfill His purpose in our lives.