THE LORD TRIES OUR HEARTS
Scripture: The crucible is for
silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tries hearts. (Prov 17:3)
The people of ancient times used
crucibles to refine gold and silver. In
the process of refinement, ores are purified.
In the same manner, God tries and tests human hearts, so as to remove
impure thoughts and inherent deficiencies.
He wants His people to become pure, holy, and perfect.
Refined by fire, gold and silver
are ready for artistic or practical uses.
To enable us to become valuable vessels, God tests and tries us with a
variety of hardships. In the process of
discipline and tempering, the Lord intends to have our arrogance, lusts, and
evil thoughts removed from inside us, so that we can become vessels acceptable
for His use. Job commented in the days
of divine discipline, "When he hath tried me, I shall come forth as
gold" (Job 23:10).
Now that it is beneficial for us
to be tempered and steeled by God, we ought to be joyful under all
circumstances (Jas 1:2). Let us regard
the trials and tests as part of our Christian life, and think about David's
psalm, "Search me, 0 God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!" (Ps