One of my favourite shows is on My Discovery Channel and it’s called ‘Made By Destruction’, which really amuses me for many reasons. It’s so amazing how old, unwanted, dumped, rusted pieces can be recreated into something so beautiful and useful, eg plastic bottles become ultra-modern chairs, rubber tires roll into flowerpots, unwanted wire is refined into lustrous bronze trophies, tired out mattresses transform into cutting-edge chef’s knives, Old TV sets are mined and spun off into high-end copper pots, and the list is endless. Perhaps even one of your best masterpieces, your shoe, or jewellery, or the chair you are sitting on is made from recycled material 🙂 Isn’t it amazing how things can be given 2nd chances and turn out to be great, or even greater than their first use? Doesn’t that amuse you?
Some other day I was also watching how gold and silver rings are made, and I actually did not know why they have to be purified. It’s simply because they are impure🤔, how comforting that precious metal needs refining😂
Ever wondered about the process gold and silver go through? They are:
1) Processed (direct recovery of small gold/silver nuggets from the ore)
2) Smelted and refined (by dissolving the ore to separate the gold/silver from the impurities resulting in a purity level of more than 99.99 per cent). It could be refined by fire, chemicals and or other methods
3) Testing (to determine the quality of precious metals)
I hope you now understand the relevance of gold and silver in the Bible. Afflictions in our lives are there to test the genuineness of our faith. However painful this statement feels, it’s the hard truth. In fact, Isaiah 48:10 says “Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction.” Proverbs 17:3 adds that “The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts.”. The Psalmist also attested to this in Psalm 66:10 “For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried”
1 Peter 1:7 gives us a solid explanation why “ So that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
In short, in this journey, EXPECT TESTS because they will refine you and make you a better person for God’s glory. I looooooove Job for many reasons, especially because he did not denounce God in the midst of affliction. His attitude is very impressive, he said in Job 23:10 “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold”. Verses 1-9 show how bitter he was because of his afflictions, but in the midst of all his bitterness, he declares that you know what, I shall come out as gold, he knew that his circumstances would shape him to be a better person.
How many of us would even dare to declare God’s goodness in the midst of affliction?
In the midst of your affliction, God promises in 1 Peter 5:10 “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
I love the reassurance in Psalm 66:10-12 “For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. You brought us into the net; you laid a crushing burden on our backs; you let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water, yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.
Be assured that “ALL things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” according to Romans 8:28.
Think for a moment and ask yourself ”How does my current affliction serve Gods purpose?🤔. You may not have the answer, most of the time we don’t🙃 but believe and keep trusting against all odds that you are being made into pure Gold, to become a better you.
Say this declaration with me:
Lord, the same way a pencil is sharpened for better use, may you sharpen and refine me for your glory. Search my heart oh Lord, smelt and refine whatever needs to be refined in me, whatever needs to be smelted in me may it be so, so I may be a pure as Gold for the glory and honour of your name.
My prayer and declaration for you today is…
May the Lord bring you to a place of abundance in Jesus name.
May the Lord RESTORE, CONFIRM, STRENGTHEN, and ESTABLISH you for His Glory