“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…” (1 Peter 1:6-7, NKJV)
Some people I love are walking through hell right now. Friends facing painful divorces. Friends dealing with infertility. Other friends struggling to make ends meet. Some are job hunting. Others on the search for a mate.
All of them have one thing in common, life hasn’t turned out the way they thought it would. I can relate. As many of you know from reading my blog, I haven’t been immune to life’s hardships and heartaches. This week alone, I’ve been fighting through anxiety–from the absolute bizarre (like I’m going to die because of a brain aneurysm) to the legitimate (How am I going to buy a new car when I dumped all of my savings into repairing it?). Actually, those were just the thoughts I had before 10AM this morning. Granted, I hadn’t had any coffee OR chocolate yet, but still.
Throughout this season, I’ve often uttered these words in a desperate prayer, “God, why are you doing this to me??” It wasn’t disrespectful, I was just trying to wrap my head around the constant struggles. Had I done something to piss Him off and this was my punishment? Maybe it was all those times I prayed with my eyes open. Or did it have something to do with that secret board I have on Pinterest that has hundreds of pictures of bearded men. Whatever it was, I wanted to fix it and fast.
The problem with that mindset of mine is that I was viewing the trials and tests as punishment instead of refining moments.
A few months back, I was talking with my dad who just so happens to be a very wise man. I was sharing with him some of the disappointments and struggles and he turned to me and said, “Holly, trials have the opportunity to produce GOLD in your life.”
Not everyone will produce gold, though. Some people will curse God and walk away. They’ll feel the flames and peace out on the purifying process because it hurts too much. We don’t get to choose when we come off the fire, but we do get to choose how we go through it. There’s no medium-well with God. He’s going to finish the good work He began in us (Phil. 1:6)….if we let Him.
Listen, I’m not belittling the fact that it hurts. I’ve spent countless nights with tears producing puddles on my pillows. It has felt, at times, like the heart in my chest was being ripped into a hundred tiny pieces. A long time ago, I told Jesus I’d give Him my life. In giving Him my life, it meant that I’d trust Him to do with it what He wanted. In the end, I simply trust the heart of God. I am confident He will use all of this for His GOOD, somehow.
I won’t pretend to know the extent of your pain. I’m not here to tell you things are going to get easier. I won’t give you empty sympathy.
All I can give you is this simple encouragement: stay on the fire. Allow Him to refine you. I promise you, you’re going to be gold. You don’t see it now, but He does.
10 thoughts on “Being Fire Tested”
I thought I replied to this! Thank you, Josh!
This is so honest, I’ve had that question so many time. Great post!
I do my best to stay honest with all of this. That’s (what I think) brings the most encouragement to people! 🙂 And thank you! I appreciate you reading.
This was the 2nd time this week I’ve received a word on being refined through the fire. Thank you for the timely reminder that God is with us through it all. He has a plan and a purpose for the refinement and wants to prepare each of us for the good work he has already planned for us. Praise God that as I trust him in the fire, as I am obedient and remain in the fire, he will use it for my good and HIS glory.
Hey Krissy! Thank you for the comment. He IS doing wonderful things in and through you. Thankful that you can see that and are walking in it even though it’s difficult. Grace to you!
Beautiful word!! I truly needed this!!
Thanks so much for reading and sharing, Latiesha! I appreciate it.
I got a similar reminder to the one you got from your dad this week as part of a Bible study I’m doing on the life of Moses. The encouragement was that the very things or people that seem bent on destroying me, in the hands of God, can become tools for my spiritual growth or my deliverance. I’m just beginning what I know is going to be a challenging financial season. I’m choosing to look forward to growing and to be delivered — praying this season is one of growth and deliverance for you and all those you know and love who are experiencing times of challenge!
That is SPOT on. Amazing! Thank you for sharing that– it’s so very encouraging to me. And thank you for that prayer. Praying the same thing for myself! I want to come out shining!