Those who have drunk from the well of salvation, who have tasted His living waters, are able to endure anything life throws our way!
4 Remove the dross from the silver, and out comes material for the silversmith;
Raw silver is like most ore; it is in seams of rock. When it was mined, it was put into a cauldron and heated. The dross (non-silver) rose to the top (about 10%) and was scooped off. Then the heat was turned up a notch so that more dross would rise to the top (another 10%). This process was repeated in seven steps, at which point the silver was 99.999% silver. THEN it was considered pure.
And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, refined seven times. Psalm 12:6
When is the silver pronounced ready for use? According to the silversmith, “When I can see my reflection in it.” THAT’S what Jesus is doing in our lives! We must consider the imagery of being mined from the earth as more literal than we want to admit. We are encased and encrusted with non-heavenly material. The Spirit knows what is there, the silver of our souls, and wants to make us pure for heaven’s sake, “ready to ship,” so to speak.
The question is, “Are we willing to go through the process of refinement?”
19 Like a broken tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble.
Being faithful to the LORD only during good times is like the seed that was planted on the rocky soil. “But since they have no root [Jesus as the foundation for daily living], they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word [when living according to God’s Word conflicts with what they want], they quickly fall away.” Mark 4:16-17
What we don’t realize are the many idols that are set up in our lives. Anything that overrides the Spirit’s voice and His leadership is an idol. When we go through hard times, many people get mad at God because He didn’t bless them the way they thought He should (Old Covenant thinking). But, Jesus never promised that He would bless us with worldly blessings (health, wealth, security, etc.); instead, He promised that we would be persecuted just as He was (John 15:20).
We who have tasted His living water, that personal relationship, that close fellowship we have with Him through the Spirit, understand that we would give anything–EVERYTHING-in order to maintain it and even make it flourish. Jesus wants us to know Him more fully. In fact, He wants us to become just like Him when He was on earth and experience the close fellowship He had with the Heavenly Father.
My father-in-law just had his knee replaced. He went through great pain (the surgery and therapy) in order to reap the full benefits of his new knee. It works great! He is looking forward to having his other knee replaced in a few weeks. Why is he willing to go through so much pain and suffering? Because he has the hope of having two new knees based upon his experience of having his first one done.
Our hope is the same. We have tasted salvation through the Spirit coming to live in us. Now we have the promise of sanctification (being made in the image of Christ on the inside) and glorification (being transformed into the image of Christ on the outside in heaven). Our hope is based upon our experience. We Want MORE!
Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Paul said, “I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings–” Philippians 3:10
“Now there is in store for me a crown of righteousness, with the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:8
Instead of wallowing in self-pity, let’s revel in the process. WE ARE BECOMING MORE LIKE JESUS!