Last night I was watching a TV program about the gold processing. Gold refining process is done through the process of combustion. His method is to provide heat to melt the gold. While gold has been melted, much dirt is attached to it such as dust, rust and other metallic elements will rise to the surface, so that all these impurities can be sorted and discarded. This process is done repeatedly until finally obtained a fine gold.
When I watched the program, my mother suddenly said, “did you ever realize that the quality of our faith like a gold? There is a long process in order to generate a strong and pure faith.” I am pondered. Yes! Our faith is formed in such a way through a long process like gold and the process was not a pleasant. But in fact, there are many people who want to have pure and strong faith but do not want to go through the process. We’re often trying to avoid the unpleasant things in our life. We tend to want our lives always enjoyable. We often complain to God even angry and blame God when our lives are full of trials. Worse, many people who stay away and leave the Lord.
I remember how difficult and hard become follower of Christ in an age of Peter. There is a lot of pressure and threats, including life-threatening. Peter knew it, and then he reminded of the benefits of trials, so that believers are able to tough to face all of trials.”Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,” (1Peter 1:3-4.). This verse reminds us that there is a life filled with hope, prepared to receive the part of eternal heaven, it is available to us through Christ. Peter also reminds us to stay strong when faced with a variety of trials. Not only strong, but he also advised that they may still have joy in the midst trials.” In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials” (1 Peter 1:6)
How can we rejoice in the midst of life problems? Peter said: “These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”(Verse 7). Here we can see a comparison between the processes of purification of faith with the process of refining gold. Gold was burned many times until it became high valuable fine gold, as it is also our faith. Even our faith is much more precious than gold. Gold is a perishable thing, which is not eternal, while our faith will lead us into the eternal salvation of the soul. “for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (Verse 9).
Another example we see through Job. Job suffered a series of terrible suffering. However, at any time Job realized that what he experienced was a testing process. “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10)
Dear all friends, our life is very hard. There are a lot of threats, intimidation or compulsion that we face, other than that there are many forms of worldly temptations that every moment could be devastated our faith. How we deal with it all? Let us accept it all as a process of purification. Like a gold. To become a fine gold we have to undergoing a very hard process. Temptations that sometimes lead us into misery will awaken our hope and perseverance and train our faith to be stronger and more pure.
The process of “burning” the faith we will release all the dirt on our faith, so that finally we can have faith in a pure form, just like fine gold. We are prepared to be worthy to receive all the promises of God that has provision for us all. We all knew that it is not easy. sometimes very painful and oppressive, as though there are times when we are do not see a solution, but we are must believe when we get out of that trial we will find that our faith become much better than before.
Like find gold, let we pass through the combustion process with grateful because ultimately we will continue to have faith like a fine gold. Are we ready? Amen.
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