Refiner of God’s Fire

 

 

By Patrick Hawthorne

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“Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,” says the Lord of hosts. “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like launderers’ soap. He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, And purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness. (Malachi 3:1-3 NKJV)

“I have loved you.”  In beginning the Book of Malachi, we are greeted by these words, “I have loved you.”  This love – God’s love – so great and so pure; a love so intense whereby we can almost imagine we hear the whisper,  “I vow to never leave you as you were when we first met.”

“I have loved you.”  In the midst of our sins, the Refiner of God’s Fire met us.   In the midst of our sins, the Refiner of God’s Fire saved us.  Yet, in the midst of our sins, the Refiner of God’s Fire will never leave us.  “For the grace of God that brings salvation (Jesus) has appeared to all men…” (Titus 2:11)

Casting us into the fire of His purification, the Refiner of God’s Fire patiently sits and waits as the fire forces the dross of sins impurities to rise to the surface so that it may be scraped away, little by little.  Such a delicate task, the Refiner of God’s Fire leaves it for no other.  In the fire we remain until we are pure before Him.

For the grace of God that brings salvation (Jesus) has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteous, and godly in the present age. (Titus 2:11-12 NKJV).

“I have loved you,” says the Refiner of God’s Fire.  Yet, we whine and cry as we go through this purification process.  “Wherein have You loved us?  Why must we endure the suffering of this fire if You love us?”  His response is, “Because I love you, I will not allow you to remain in the wretched state I found you.”

While purification and cleansing is never pleasant, it is necessary if our desire is to be Holy as He is holy.  That which is impure cannot stand before the Pure.  To that I say, “Send me to the Refiner of God’s fire, O’ Lord.”  Be blessed.

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8 comments on “Refiner of God’s Fire
  1. Donald John says:

    Well written, Patrick. This reminds me of the Epistle of St Peter where Peter says brethren do not think is strange when you encounter all kinds of fiery trials. He then expands on this comparing it to gold being purified in a fire. I know that I have been through the fire. I lived a life of drug addiction, fast crime, and homelessness before I was washed in the blood of the Lamb. Since then I have been through more fiery trials than I could ever imagine. God saw me through prison. The archangel Michael has been an ally and brother to me for a long time. Yet still I look unto the hills…from whence does my help come? It comes from the Lord Jehovah who gives me the strength to do all things through Christ Jesus the resurrected King of kings.

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  2. Well said, Patrick.

    “While purification and cleansing is never pleasant, it is necessary if our desire is to be Holy as He is holy.”

    This made me laugh. While it is true, it is not ALWAYS pleasant, sometimes I think we are much like children who don’t want to take a bath. Here we’ve got warm running water, sweet smelling soap, and “cleansing and purification” is really not the horrible thing we imagine it be. So, our own attitude is really everything. The Apostle Paul manages to figure out how to be singing in prison while chained to a wall. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are not even singed. They don’t even lose their eyebrows. Sometimes we are more like kids, whining and crying as if taking a bath was going to be the worse thing in the world.

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  3. SLIMJIM says:

    What love He has for us! What salvific and sanctifying love!

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