As silver in a crucible ...
As silver in a crucible and gold in a pan, so our lives are assayed by God. -Proverbs 17:2 MSG
There are several illusions in the scriptures about our lives, our hearts and our faith being tested and tried in the furnace of affliction. It reminds me of how Paul once said that our attitude in trying times should be joyous because the end result of testing is endurance - faith refined, like silver in a crucible, is purer because all of the impurities come to the top and are skimmed off. Yet who among us really ever rejoices when the heat of life is turned up?
It reminds me that life is all about the heart. In times of trouble, when we feel that our faith is being tested beyond its limits, we can only rejoice when we are fully trusting God with all of our heart. Devastating situations have the ability to do what nothing else in life can do - purify our hearts and cause us to trust the Lord in ways that we thought that we never could. Embracing this truth is truly the only way that anyone can ever rejoice in suffering.
Turn our hearts toward heaven Lord. Open our inner eyes to the glory of a purified heart.