Proverbs 17:3, “The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.”
God is at work in each of our lives daily. He is not only concerned about proving our hearts, but improving them as well. He works with us individually and so what might be my test of faith may be someone else’s test of obedience; but He works with each one at His appointed time. Even when we think we’ve come a long way in one of the attributes the LORD desires in us, there is always room for more growth.
Have you endured hardship and felt God’s hand guiding and sustaining you through the event? This is the proving process. And then the next time that hardship was upon you, you found that your faith was wavering again even though you were stronger than before? This is the refining process.
The Lord searches every heart and He examines our secret motives and reactions and He gives us our due rewards according to what our actions deserve (see Jeremiah 17:10)
The Lord tries our hearts by using affliction and through the process we grow, mature and become the vessels He desires (see Psalms 66:10-11, and Isaiah 48:10). We can trust that while this process is underway, it is God’s sovereign heart that is at work in our hearts. His will for us is to grow closer to Him and to reflect His mercy and grace in our lives.
As you find yourself in the furnace of affliction or in the refining process, you can trust that His eyes never leave you. He is always watching and knowing exactly what you need and at the time you need it. He is a faithful father who is full of compassion. We can trust and abide in His care.
Prayer: Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. LORD your Word is quick and powerful and sharper than any two edge sword and you can see the soul and spirit of man. In your wisdom, you can refine the heart to bring forth the things that you purpose for our walk before you. LORD, thank you that you are the discerner of our thoughts and the intents of our hearts; for we are often puffed up and blind to our need to continue growing. LORD, we commit our walk to you and ask that you do with us as you see fit; and we will trust your hand. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Connie Renfro ©