Proverbs 17:3 says, “The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests the heart.”
Nothing tests or proves the man like a fiery trial.
Malachi 3:3 says that, “He sits as a refiner and a purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver…”
The work of purification is painful; fire hurts. For the child of God, no one knows better than the Father how best to apply the heat.
Trials also show us what is really in our hearts. No matter how many times I have heard, “You have such a good heart” the Word of God tells a different story.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:2).
But, in all of this, there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Were it not for the presence of Christ, how could we survive these times? What a blessed thing to be a Christian! Tonight, I am grateful that Jesus is near and that He loves me.
“A believer can neither live nor rejoice if the Lord Jesus smiles not upon the soul. But if Jesus Christ will but smile, and shine in the light of his love, believers know, not only how to live, but also how to rejoice, in all, even the worst of times.” John Durant, A Discovery of Glorious Love