Refining your silver and gold
'These trials will show that your faith is genuine.' 1 Peter 1:7 NLT
The tests we face in life reveal both our weaknesses and our strengths. In his Word, God says, 'I will put [them] into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold' (Zechariah 13:9 NIV). We may think that God is trying to remove the negative traits of our character through the 'refiner's fire', but he is more focused on the 'silver' and 'gold' - the inner strengths and gifts - that are being refined.
In 1 Kings 17, a widow and her son met Elijah. At that time there was a famine, and Elijah asked her to share their last meal with him. This probably seemed like quite a test to the widow, who had very little food to share. But she honoured the man of God's request. Her response changed her future, and saved her family. When faced with a need, how do we respond? Do we withdraw? Withhold? Give from a sense of obligation? Or do we see it as an opportunity to obey God and change our future? What may seem like a test could actually be a gateway to blessing. It could be a way to expose strength of character and gifts we never knew we had.
God may also be allowing a time of testing to reveal how much he cares for us, and to see if we'll believe his voice over the voice of the enemy.
So what now? If you're going through a time of testing right now, write down any gifts and skills - silver and gold - that are being refined in you.
Soulfood: Josh 14-15, John 15:18-27, Ps 65, Pro 28:17-20