Here’s a little somethin’ somethin’ that I shared with my co-workers.
Nobody likes the tests and trials of life, we often ask, “Where is God in these hard times?” It is natural for us to equate hardships with the absence of God’s presence. Yet, as I read Scripture, I am convinced that God is ever present in hard times, maybe even orchestrating them. This disposition helps us to have joy deeper than the emotion brought to us by our circumstances.
“The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart.”
The crucible tests silver, and the furnace tests gold, but God wanted to be personally involved with testing our hearts. When God tests our hearts it is to mold, improve, and approve them – and there is joy to be had in each of these stages. God never tests our hearts to make a spectacle of us, but to show us how good He is to fix us.
He is telling us in this verse that our hearts are worth more than gold, and so they must be tested at a higher standard, which is God Himself.
We can see the goodness of God in the testing of our hearts, by how He takes this process personally and lets us know His presence in the formation of our lives. Personally I have come to enjoy the Potter’s hands in the good and the bad seasons, because there is deeper joy in knowing that He is there – taking time to mold me.
It is a time to rejoice when God tests our hearts, because it means He cares for us.
Food for thought,