God’s Word Refines

I am in the midst of writing a book that the Holy Spirit laid on my heart. It is called, “Overcoming Resentment: stop defiling bitterness in its tracks.” I thought I was done, but then He took me to a verse to ponder. 

It was already a memorized verse so I camped on it. I meditated on it, and it tested me. In Psalm 26:2 David wrote, “Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my mind and my heart.” As I continued to meditate, some old legalistic perception chaff began to burn away. I saw the verse in a fresh light. It became the fodder for part three of this new book.

There is so much to Joseph’s story. I encourage you to refresh your memory by reading Genesis 37, 39-50. I want to recap it through Psalm 105:16-19. God had sent a severe famine. Verse 17 says, “He sent a man before them—Joseph—who was sold as a slave.”

Verses 18-19 say, “They hurt his feet with fetters, he was laid in irons. Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him.” He was 17 years old when he had the two dreams. Those dreams were fulfilled when he was 30.

How is the Lord testing your heart through His word? Malachi 3:2 says, “…He is like a refiner’s fire…He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver…purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness.” Though this is speaking of Israel, we can make personal applications.

When I meditated on the verse, His refining fire was at work. Psalm 12:6 says, “The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” God’s word is implanted, or embedded into our heart as we meditate.

Jeremiah 20:9 said it another way, “…His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones…” Jeremiah 15:16 says, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart…”

Let’s put these two verses together. Psalm 63:5 says, “My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.” Meditating on God’s word deeply penetrates our heart’s beliefs.

Hebrews 4:12 says, “The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” We do well to implant it, so His truth is deeply embedded to do His refining (examining, testing, purging) out the lies we have believed that still control our lives.

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