- Heat is used to purify many things — everything from water to precious metals. Sometimes in the news there will be a notice released for residents of certain cities to boil their water before consumption because contaminants have entered local water sources. For metals such as silver and gold, heating them to high temperatures looses the impurities whereby the smith can remove them. Did you know the same principle applies to people? This brings us to our key text coming out of Proverbs 17:3 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts.
Of course God does not literally put us in a furnace or in an oven, but He is the heating element through which we obtain purity. When it feels like everything in life is going wrong, God has the heat turned up. Our Heavenly Father is not hurting us but making our impurities rise to the surface where He can skim them off. It is the challenges in life that help us to grow. When life gets tough, we find out what we are really made of.
I can testify that over this past year God truly had me in the fire, but it was not for nought. I came out purged of the impurity of impatience and with a new-found ability to not only trust God but trust Him FULLY. So my friends, do not fear having the heat turned up on your life. Hold tightly to God, stand on His Word, and you’ll come out with a new radiant shine you didn’t have before.
Have a blessed day!
Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments, a book of poetry and short stories from the Christian perspective, available on Amazon.com in the fall of 2013. She is also the founder of Your Black Poets. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily Bible devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Twitter and Facebook.