Refiner’s Fire

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one word prompt.  The prompt today is “refine.”

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“A clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot. It has to go though the white heat of the furnace to become porcelain.”-Mildred White Struven

Sometimes though, I’d like to just sit and sunbathe- relax in the gentle heat, enjoy the comfort, feel at peace.

I don’t want to experience the white heat of the furnace.  I’d rather settle for an easy life.  Refinement sounds too painful, too much like hard work.

But then I think again, of the times I’ve known God refining me in the past: the times he called me out of my comfort zone, the pain that drew me to seek him, the moments of stepping out in faith to do tasks that just seemed too hard, the challenges to change and to leave behind unhelpful ways of thinking and acting.

Yes, it was hard and it was painful… but it was also worth it.  God refines us not out of anger or seeking to destroy us, but for our good, for our growth, to purify us, so he can use us.

And sometimes in the furnace is where we meet him.  Just as a mysterious fourth figure walked with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the furnace, God does not abandon us there.  He stays by our side, and we see his faithfulness.

We echo Job’s words at the end of his time of trial and testing: “I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.”  (Job 42:5 NLT)

The refining will not be easy, but it will be worth it.

 

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24 thoughts on “Refiner’s Fire

  1. My thoughts started out like yours, too, Lesley. Only you express yours here so gently that I feel specially blessed by them. I also appreciate your mentioning Shadrach [autocorrect wanted to turn him into “Shamrock”! heh!] and Company, whom I’d forgotten about–and Job’s benefit from all that suffering. Let me not forget these examples when I start squirming and kicking against the goads, and the fire. Far better to “stop, drop, and roll” with it!
    Blessings on your week.

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  2. What a wonderful reminder that God may bring us to the fire but He does not leave us there. Wonderful post and I loved that you shared Job 42:5

    Dropping by from FMF.

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  3. Oh, Lesley! This is just so precious. So very true. I have often thought of how that fourth man did not walk out of that furnace one second sooner than the three Hebrew children. And that fire served only one purpose…to burn off their ropes! They walked into the furnace bound, but they walked out loose and free. In my own life, God has often used the fiery furnaces to free me from some type of bondage. He is a faithful God, and even though He allows the fire, it is never without purpose. Thank you for your faithfulness to share what God lays upon your heart…this was so edifying to me.

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  4. Hi Lesley! I don’t much like a refiners fire myself. I remember a speaker once who talked about going from a clay teacup to a porcelain one. In and out, in and out of the fire. Kind of exhausting. But as you say, necessary to transform into the precious child God wants us to be.
    See you in the fire!
    Ceil

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  5. Lovely quotes, Lesley, and a beautifully written reflection! I share your desire at times for a spot of sunbathing rather than a fiery roasting, because the furnace of affliction is rarely a quick dip and we’re done. It’s more of a repeated scorching away of those things that don’t belong and a necessary shaping and moulding to fit us to be worthy vessels for the King of kings. Unwelcome and unwanted as it feels to be in the fire, we are never alone, for “He stays by our side, and we see his faithfulness.” Amen! 🙂 x

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    1. Thanks, Joy. So true that our time in the furnace us often longer than we would want it to be. It is important to remember God is using it to shape us so he can use us and also to remember that we’re not alone.

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