15th April 2019

Compassion UK: Being Refined, Part Two

For You have tried us, O God; you have refined us as silver is refined.

Psalm 66:10 NASB


 

When life puts us through the fire, we might not always like what emerges in us. Although we’d like to be ever-patient in times of trouble and always to glorify God through our hardships, we may find that a trial brings out the worst in us. We can find ourselves feeling impatient, ungrateful, and even lacking in faith. Feelings of condemnation and failure can then naturally follow. But don’t despair — it’s all part of God’s refining process. God uses the tests of life to highlight and deal with the parts of our character that need work. Before his glory can be fully evident in us we must face the weaknesses and impurities in our character that can only be brought out by the heat of the fire. This is what the process of refinement is all about.

Reflection
Have you struggled to be patient in suffering? Has your faith felt pushed to its limits? Great! These are all good signs of our growth in God if we humbly commit to the process. Perhaps use your journal to work through some of these thoughts over this last week of Lent. It’s okay to be in the middle of the process.

Lord, thank you for your faithfulness through this season of refinement. But as my heart has been put through the flames, I have not liked everything that has emerged in me. There are clearly parts of my character that need work. But I’m thankful that this is part of the process and that I don’t need to feel any shame. I trust that you’ll see this process through to completion. In Jesus’ name, amen.


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