“But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness,”
Malachi 3:2-3 NIV
During my first summer in Sydney, Australia, I remember feeling like I was literally going through a fire. The heat was so hot that I felt like I could hardly breathe. My body was telling me to go back to Ethiopia where the sun shines but cold winds always blow. Yet, My spirit was telling me to stay in Sydney and so an internal fire was ignited too.
Internally and externally, I felt like I was going through a fire. It didn’t feel good. It was so uncomfortable and it brought ugly parts of my heart to the surface of my mind.
God is kind. We always have to remember that when we feel like we’re going through a fire. In His kind love for us He wants us to be better people. He wants to restore us back to His original intent for us by burning away the aspects of our character that weren’t meant to be a part of us in the first place. Those aspects that continually bring us pain and hurt our relationships; those aspects that came as a result of hurt that we have been through or misguided judgments that have never been addressed before. He knows what’s best for us and in His kindness, He draws the best out of us.
But in order for the best to come to the surface, the dirt and grime from our past needs to escape first. These usually manifest in the fire and we might be the only ones who see it, but if it’s ugly enough, it will make even us feel like we need to escape the heat of being confronted by our weaknesses.
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
You know what? Your weakness is an opportunity for Christ’s power to be displayed. He’s not ashamed of your weakness so you don’t need to be either.
You aren’t expected to be perfect- we all have flaws. And as He highlights areas of your life that you need to work on, He will help you work on it- that’s how His power is displayed. He doesn’t bring it to the surface to block you from your destiny, He brings it to the surface so it doesn’t.
“Remove the dross from the silver, and a silversmith can produce a vessel;”
Proverbs 25:4 NIV
He skins away the dross in your life so that you can be a better vessel of His. Remember-You’re His vessel and the vessel is in safe hands when it’s in the hands of a King. Trust His wisdom as you go through the fire with Him.
Heavenly Father, thank you that you have a plan and a purpose for my life. I thank you that you know who I need to be in order to fulfill that plan and purpose. Help me as I go through this fire to trust you and to persevere. Teach me daily how to let go of the parts of me that don’t bring you glory. And may You be glorified in the process, in Jesus name I pray. Amen