1Pet. 1:6,7 ¶ In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
Sometimes these powerful phrases in the Bible can lose their impact on us because we are not familiar with things that were common in past times. This passage talks about the power of the Refiner’s fire. You may not know much about a refiner and therefore not catch the power of this word. Gold and silver were often passed through the refiner’s fire to remove all of the impurities. The Lord often uses the difficult things we go through to work on us to make us more like Him. Even Jesus learned obedience through the things that He suffered. Heb. 5:8 “though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.” Maybe you are passing through the fiery trials that Peter spoke of. Don’t be afraid, you are in the safe hands of the Refiner. Here are some thoughts from John Piper on the refining fire.
“He is a refiner’s fire, and that makes all the difference. A refiner’s fire does not destroy indiscriminately like a forest fire. A refiner’s fire does not consume completely like the fire of an incinerator. A refiner’s fire refines. It purifies. It melts down the bar of silver or gold, separates out the impurities that ruin its value, burns them up, and leaves the silver and gold intact. He is like a refiner’s fire.
It does say FIRE. And therefore purity and holiness will always be a dreadful thing. There will always be a proper “fear and trembling” in the process of becoming pure. We learn it from the time we are little children: never play with fire! And it’s a good lesson! Therefore, Christianity is never a play thing. And the passion for purity is never flippant. He is like fire and fire is serious. You don’t fool around with it. But it does say, he is like a REFINER’S fire. And therefore this is not merely a word of warning, but a tremendous word of hope. The furnace of affliction in the family of God is always for refinement, never for destruction.”
The best news of all, the Lord is patiently changing us. Sometimes it’s not very much fun in that furnace but you will never get bored.