Do You Allow God to Purify You?
You know…sometimes life just gets the best of us. It is easy to get caught up in the chaotic atmosphere around us. We only look to the storm, or we focus on what the world wants us to. We feel shamed to believe our “Christian” problems lack importance.
Don’t waver! Stand firm! Trust God! He is the One you chose you. The One that perfectly crafted you in your mother’s womb! Yet, we all come to a point where we doubt Him.
Through the trial, God is there. You can feel the heat, but all the while you are shedding the ugly stuff in your heart. You feel wary, but God is holding you up. You feel as though you can’t even bare to stand and He is your backbone. Why? You are being purified.
We all are faced with choices and each time we come upon a trial, we must choose to enter the fire. In Psalms, David says we are purified like silver… we must go through the fire. This isn’t God enjoying our pain, this Him teaching us in love. This gives Him the opportunity to miraculously show up and work through our situation. This gives us the opportunity to grow closer to Him, to build our relationship with Him, to build trust. When you don’t fully trust God, you avoid the fire… you begin to walk along the crooked path, becoming dirtier by the second. Yet God still wants to purify your heart. He wants to help you wash the gunk away.
Recently, I was faced with the choice to wither trust God completely with my relationship with my boyfriend or to scramble to control the situation. To continue to salvage my relationship with my boyfriend would prove to be detrimental to my relationship with God. Yet trusting God fully with my situation could lead to me losing my boyfriend. . . you may be thinking: “Pssshhh! Of course you should trust God!” BUT is it always that easy? Do you ALWAYS choose God over those you love? Do you ALWAYS trust God to take care of you in those moments that you could lise something (or someone) important to you? It is scary.
In that moment I asked myself if I loved Ronnie more than God….No. Did I think Ronnie was more important than God? No. So I trusted God and prayed that He wpuld have His way, that His Plan alone would be fulfilled. Had I not done that, Ronnie and I would be miserable, I would be setting a bad example to those around me and leading them astray. But guess what. . .
God has got everything under control.
Psalms 66:1-2, 4-10 NLT
Let the whole world bless our God and loudly sing his praises. Our lives are in his hands, and he keeps our feet from stumbling. You have tested us, O God; you have purified us like silver.