The Refiner’s Fire

If you are familiar with Steve Green, you may be familiar with the song, The Refiner’s Fire. I remember hearing it in college, and have often remembered it at critical points in my life.

It references the heat and fire used to refine gold and bring it to its purest gold-refiningform. As the heat melts the gold, impurities float to the top, and the dense gold metal sinks to the bottom, so that when it is poured out, the slag is left behind and the liquid metal can then be poured into the mold to be shaped.

Ever Been There?

Well, that’s where I’m at. Having experienced a number of major life changes in 2008, a lot of my assumptions about myself were pretty well shattered.

This is a good thing. It can be a beautiful experience uncovering great blessings of God.

Oh, not always at the time – and even now, there are still pains and twinges requiring serious attitude adjustments and uncomfortably vulnerable yieldings of my spirit and will.

Being “in the fire” as it were, can be just painful. The impurities don’t sink and remain hidden beneath the surface – instead, they pop right up to the top – exposed, apparent, and obvious. Sure.

But the antidote to pride is humility. Make imperfection obvious and what is there to be so proud about anyway??? Who can maintain bragging rights when the flaws and inadequacies are so right there – in your face?

If I want to be Kind – if I want to be Loving – if I want to be Godly – these imperfections must float in the heat and the fire – just waiting to be left behind as God pours out what He alone has perfected. Not yet perfect, but perfected…gold-crown

I Peter 1:7 – …that the genu ineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ…