Hebrews 12:28-29 “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.”
As a believer, God is ever preparing me for Himself. By His shed blood and the work of the cross, He cleansed me from sin and frees me from it’s power. His love is a flame as He leads toward the goal. It brings judgment to those who are not in Him, yet in the believer it builds humility, faith and purity as we seek an ever-deeper relationship with Him. He promises to bring the remnant “through the fire” and to “refine them as silver is refined.” Zechariah 13:9-14:1 says, that when finished, He “will say, ‘This is My people; and each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.”‘
God uses my problems, and failures along with the people in my life, as the fuel for this refining fire, yet His flames will never burn out of control. He made me, He knows just the right intensity of heat required to cleanse and purify; so He carefully guards the temperature with His wisdom and love, as to not allow more than I can bear. He watches me closely, seeing past the dross that is surfacing and finds delight in the pure gold that begins to shine through. He is far from finished with me, yet seeing me in my finished state, He sees the radiance of the person He will make me. He applies pressure and heat to this hard lump, which by the way often seems good enough to me, until I am melted and broken.
Eventually, my most hidden dross comes to the surface, and it is visible, reachable. By now I am softened and surrendered, and completely yield to His fire, and then I give Him both the gold and impurity. He gently separates the two, skims off the dross, and continues to mold the rest to His, not my, standard.
Recently having gone through this process, I have learned to welcome His training. My desire is to be sensitive to His will and obedient in my daily walk, laying down my life for His sake. Mostly because He has shown me what happens when He leaves me to myself. I want His fire, I want the purity it produces. When the heat becomes painful and intense, I think on His ultimate purpose, and His encouraging words through His disciple, Peter
“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness 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, whom having not seen you love.” 1 Peter 1:6-9