Refining Process

And I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested. They will call upon my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘They are my people’; and they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’” (Zechariah 13:9)

One ancient author gave a detailed description of the refining process. A clay container containing unrefined gold ore as well as salt, zinc, lead, and other impurities, was tightly sealed and then placed into a fired kiln for five days. During this time, the dross would stick to the sides of the container, while the pure gold collected in the center.

Just as a refiner turns up the heat on gold and silver, first to melt it and make it pliable and moldable, then to burn out the dross and impurities, until the metal glows and sparkles, so our God will allow us as His people to go through times of testing and trial, heat and pressure. Those times will come.

You may be going through such a time of refining right now.

A time of refining in your marriage - when youre just having trouble connecting with each other, you know you love each other, but theres just a sense of struggle.

A time of refining with your children - when they are being headstrong or unwilling to show love to you, or when they are suffering and you cant make it better for them.

A time of refining in your finances - when you wonder how youre going to make it through the month and pay all your bills, or when God is calling you to give in ways you never have before, and theres a sense of risk.

A time of refining in your emotions - when you feel deep despair or discouragement that you cant seem to shake.

A time of refining in your spiritual life - when you dont quite understand what God is doing, or youre unsure of what He has for you next.

We read in Psalm 4:3:

But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for Himself; the Lord hears when I call to Him.

When the pressure is on, you can call on God. He is available. You call, He will hear.

Have a great day and keep moving forward!