The Lord Be With You Today!
See, I have refined you, though not as silver;
I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
(Even as silver is refined through the smelting process
so that the heat from the fire separates the dross from the valuable metal,
the trials we undergo serve to refine us and grow us.
When the fire has done its work and the dross has been removed,
the resulting silver is so pure and clear
when the master looks into the molten surface
he sees his own reflection as in a mirror.
The Lord sees the dross in us and knows our need to be matured
and to separate us from the impurities that mar our hearts and minds.
When we walk through the fire of challenging situations,
those are the times we most often call out to God,
when we most often set aside our pride and rebelliousness,
and, in our desperation, turn to Him.
Even in the hardships, what a blessing to know
that we are not going through them for nothing.
In fact, the Lord is using those very situations to work together for our good
and also so that, when He looks into the mirror of our hearts and minds,
He sees only His own reflection.
May we look more and more like our Master today
as He leads us through His purifying and refining process.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ's love,
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