THE Refiner of Silver
“Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; your own eyes will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it.’ ” – Isaiah 30:20-21
For sure, this past week has been one of trials. I dare call it “adversity” because I know so many people who have REAL adversity going on in their lives, and I do count my blessings. But things like your computer crashing, jury duty, surgery, an abundance of commitments all crammed into one week, and a favorite family pet passing on…it seems like a little adversity, so I’m trying to learn from it.
Adversity seems to test us in our character, and to refine us into what is more becoming of His Character and image. This past week was one of those where you feel like, ‘yes! I’ve made it through that!’, and then another issue comes up! At our church also, we are going through a season of adversity; hopefully, and prayerfully, God’s purpose is refinement.
“I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them.” – Zechariah 13:9
So, I pray, if you are going through a season of adversity, that you can see the good that is coming out of it, and not let the negatives bring you down. “Press on toward the goal” like Philippians 3:14 says, and be confident, as you face your trials, that “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:6
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