Encouragement for today: After the fire…we will shine!

Bless you for your prayers and encouragement to me/us!!!   You gifted us as we walked into a new stage of trusting the Lord. He truly has made us glad and given us His peace. Thank you for sharing in our walk. We love you and thank God for you!

If you’re like me, verses like Proverbs 3:5-6, and Romans 8:28 are such a familiar passages, that I find myself glossing over the deep Truths these verses convey.  However, familiarity doesn’t negate truth, and today, the Lord has brought them afresh to me.  What an encouragement they are!

If you need some encouragement today, read these verses, asking the Lord for fresh eyes to see them… to really soak in what the Lord is saying… and let Him bless your heart and mind.

“Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord
with all your heart and mind.

Do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

In all your ways
know, recognize, and acknowledge Him,

and He will direct and make straight and plain

your paths.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 (Amp)

“We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor]

all things work together and are [fitting into a plan]

for good to

and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.” 

Romans 8:28 (Amp)

Every so often this story comes across my in-box in the most timely of ways.  It’s a beautiful reminder of what God is doing in all of our lives when we place ourselves and our loved ones into His hands.

May you be blessed and encouraged through this – and may the Lord make each of us to shine in such a way that we reflect His character to everyone we encounter. 

Malachi 3:3 says: ‘He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.’ 

This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.  One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.

That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining Silver.

As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says: ‘He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.’ She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined.

The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed..

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, ‘How do you know when the silver is fully refined?’

He smiled at her and answered, ‘Oh, that’s easy — when I see my image in it.’

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire , remember that God has his eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.

Because He IS working all things together, fitting them into His plan for you, for your good, and for His glory!  His Word says so.  And we can trust Him.

Peace in the Lord Jesus Christ be unto you~

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  1. butterfliesandbaseballs says:

    Wow! Thanks so much for your words and for EXPLAINING this so beautifully… I'm so thankful that your friend went to the silversmith as well! This is amazing….and to think that we have TONS of the bible that keep us wondering….I can't wait to see what you uncover next! Thanks for sharing…this brings new life to this scripture!

    Praise HIM,

  2. Love this post and that awesome illustration about the refiner's fire. Wow!

    Continuing to lift you and yours in prayer until God reveals what He has for you.

    Sweet blessings,

  3. Oh Jen, this is sweet!!!

    I'm standing in prayer with and for you, your hubby and family and all…

    I love you and the LORD loves you ALL THE MORE!!!

  4. Dear Sweet Jennifer: You are a treasure that God has given to me. As I write this I have tears on my face, thinking about being refined until the Lord sees his image in me. I've been in the fire for almost 3 years. Just wondering what the Lord is preparing me for but reassured that His eyes are upon me, protecting me. I've been praying for you and your family. You are precious.

  5. Amen!!!

  6. Kim... and Her Coffee says:

    This is so beautiful. You are so beautiful. I stand in awe of you and all that you share. Sending you love tonight my Friend….

  7. Proverbs 3:5-6 was in our CBS lesson this week too. Maybe God is trying to tell me something . . .

    I love the story about the silver!

  8. Kim@Seasons of My Heart says:

    What powerful truths my friend. I'm SO thankful to know that my God IS working all things together….the good…the bad…and the sometimes ugly!

    His ways are NOT my ways…and I know that he holds my plans!

    I'm still praying for you sweet friend. 🙂

  9. I was drawn to that passage in the Psalms late last night.
    "Knowing" him is likened to the "intimate knowing" we have in marriage.

  10. Thank you for this post. What a powerful and yet sweet and tender picture of the LORD — loving us so much, not willing to leave us as we are, and investing the time and patience to refine us to our best.

    Gwyn Rosser @ The Pink Tractor