|A little whiile ago, I read a man’s story of how he survived the 9/11 attack in the Pentagon. His office was hit, but he just happened to be walking back from the bathroom when the plane hit. He was knocked unconscious and was badly burned, but he lived to tell his story and write about it in a book he co-wrote called “Refined By Fire.”
“These have come so that your faith-of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed.”-1 Peter 1:7
When gold is refined by fire, the impurities are melted away and the gold is at its finest. God longs to do the same with you. Just like gold, he wants to refine you by fire and melt away the impurities in your life. He wants to melt away the impurities left from your past ungodly relationships, he wants to wash away the stains left from the people your hurt and those who hurt you, he wants to remove the scars left from your old habits. He longs to purify your thought life and your spirit, so that you are at your finest.
Being refined by fire is not necessarily an enjoyable experience, but it is very well worth it. You may have to; give up things you enjoy to do, stay away from people you enjoy being around, and stop going to places you enjoyed to go. When you are being refined by fire, you often feel like you have reached a low point in your life or that God has turned his back on you, but I assure you that joy will definitely come in the morning.
I was refined by fire about 5 years ago. I felt like the entire world had turned its back on me. I couldn’t eat and could barely sleep. Everything I did seemed to bring me down and nothing was going right for me. I wasn’t doing too well at school, I had a lot of issues with my roommates, and I felt like I could not talk to anyone in my family about anything. One day I sat on the floor, and I wept profusely. I finally turned to the one person that I was most afraid to call on, GOD. I cried out to him and begged him to rescue me. I told him that I didn’t know whom else to turn to and I finally admitted that I needed him. I turned on my radio, and a song by Kirk Franklin called “God cares and he will hold you now.” That song changed my life forever. It reminded me that whenever I felt like the world was coming down on me, God was the only one that I could really depend on. He had to refine me and strip me of the many things that I put my trust in. After all was said and done, I felt like a little girl that found solace only in the arms of her father.
God wants to refine you today. The amount of fire and the length of time required depend on you. What is it going to take for you to realize that you are nothing without him, and that he is everything you need? What is it going to take for you to come out as pure gold; holy and acceptable to God?
Stay blessed and spread the word.