Gold and silver are beautiful, but it takes work by a skilled craftsman to deliver a dazzling finished product. These precious metals are refined by subjecting them to intense heat. Impurities float to the top of the cauldron, as the watchful craftsman skims debris off the surface. The junk is removed producing pure gold or silver.
Proverbs 17:3 alludes to this ancient process and compares it with the work God does with our thoughts. Jesus, our Good Shepherd, guides us into greener pastures of thinking through difficulties and testing.
Zechariah 13:9 (ESV)
And I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested. They will call upon my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘They are my people’; and they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’”
Hardship often leads us to calling on God’s name. Maybe you’ve put trust in your own abilities or lost sight of total reliance on Jesus.
If you’re going through a difficult time take it as an opportunity to press into the Lord. Call on His name. Let the Master do His work in your thoughts and life.