When a man is going through hardtimes, he writhes in pain and feels like the whole world is crumbling around him. Little does he remember that before a man reaches the peak of greatness, he has to go through the fire.
As this topic lingered in my mind, I pictured the making of gold. Gold is found in unattractive places; places that are insignificant (underground) and because geologists, engineers and miners know the value that gold holds when it becomes pure, they go at any length to bring it out of the ground.
The miners use the process of open ground mining and underground mining to get it out of the ground, and when they eventually get hold of the unattractive, impure gold, they refine it through a fiery furnace of 1600 degree Celsius- this is no small heat.
I am pretty sure that the gold cries out to the refiners while it is in the heat; am sure that while in the fire, it feels as though the refiners hate it with so much passion. But little does it know that as soon as it comes out of that fire, it would me worth billions of dollars and something to be reckoned with.
Just like the refiner, the fiery furnace and the gold, God takes us through the fire so that we can build character; so that we can realize the value of who we are; so that we can be broken, moulded and prepared for the place he is taking us to. God doesn’t raise emergency vessels. He trains his vessels in fire so they can be fit for where he’s taking them to, otherwise, they will falter if they get there without been prepared for it. Adam and Jesus, the second Adam, are typical examples . Adam went through NO process to become a man- he was formed a man, no wonder he had no experience to look back on when he was faced with temptation. I think it is because of this that God had to bring the second Adam in form of a baby, to GROW into sonship. It’s no wonder the bible stated, “The Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.” Luke 4:20
Jesus grew from being a baby to a man. He attended services in the synagogue, did a 40 day fast and also was a carpenter. These experiences built him up and prepared him for what was ahead of him.
Exposure is the price for exploit- Bishop David Oyedepo
1) The miners, geologists, engineers and refiners KNOW the potential that’s in gold; they know the value gold is worth when it is in a pure state, so they go at any length to find it in its insignificant place. Same with us. It doesn’t matter where we were born, our family background or who we are right now. God is so much interested in us, because he sees our worth and knows the inestimable potential we carry
But he knows where I am going.
And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold.
2) The refiner has no remorse or pity for gold when it’s in the fire, no matter how loud it cries out and how bad it feels about him. Because he sees the future of the gold; he knows how much the gold would be worth as soon as it comes out of the fiery furnace. So it is with God. God sees our glorious destiny. He knows that what we are going through is just a passing phase that would take us to our destiny. He embraces us with his quiet presence even when we think that he abandons us in hard times. He lets us go through it. And the good thing about God is that he promised us safety in times of difficulty
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you.
When you go through deep waters,
I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown.
How amazing is he?! He said he will be with us 😀 what a relief!
3) Before gold is pure, it isn’t attractive. It isn’t something to be admired at; it isn’t something to reckon with. But as soon as it comes out of the fiery furnace, it becomes worth billions of dollars and something to be pursued. That’s how we will become when we go through the fiery furnace. Even worth more than gold. Women and men of emulation! Women and Men of inestimable value! Women and Men of God! Women and Men to be reckoned with! Hallelujah!
For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. You brought us into the net; you laid a crushing burden on our backs; you let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.
Whatever you are going through, know that tough times don’t last; they are only a passing phase.
Walk through life with the consciousness that God has great things in store for you no matter what you’re going through and he gat your back 😉
God’s presence can only be with his children. He doesn’t commit himself to just anyone but his own. Therefore, if you haven’t accepted Jesus as your lord, you can’t have the awesome presence of God to take you through life’s journey successfully. If you are set for this change, please say this prayer below:
Dear Lord, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Now I know I am born again!