He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the LORD. Malachi 3:3
Many people use a common phrase when they’re going through hardships in life, “why is this happening to me?” It is obvious that when the world seems to be going great the last thing anyone wants is a disruption in the atmosphere. But just like most growth pains, trials in our lives are a means of developing our character. When a blacksmith develops his weapons, to mold and shape his weapons he goes through a process of forging and this is when, after the metal begins to cool down from being in the fire does the blacksmith begin to form and shape his weapon into what he has imagined. Trials in our lives are unavoidable, but they cause us to remember Jesus’ words when he tells us “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.
We live in a time where many have turned away from the Lord or have simply become numb to Him and His Word. We see fight after fight, trouble after trouble and not one single person in this world can figure out how to properly fix the problem because everyone is looking outside of the root cause. We live in a fallen world and it is because of our sin that we see all that’s taken place around us. We are sinful by nature but redeemed by grace, and it is because of this grace that we face trials, not because God hates us but because he wants to make us holy, carving out our sinful nature with every trial or tribulation we face. When we’re new in Christ it is not a promise of a perfect life, but a promise of a holy one. In the age we are living in, Christians are becoming more and more obsolete but this is also the time where we are called to action to be more like Christ and in the pressure that we face to let the light of Christ shine.
When we’re new in Christ it is not a promise of a perfect life, but a promise of a holy one.