For food to be thoroughly ready for consumption, it must experience heat. The higher the temperature, the faster it will cook and the better it will taste when it’s done. As uncomfortable as heat is, it is a painful necessity. If only ingredients had voices…..!
The same analogy can be applied to our growth in the Lord. We serve a holy and perfect God and thus we should revere Him in holiness. But how can that be possible when we were born in sin?
God has a way of sifting the chaff out of sinful human nature and making us as pure as He is. But the unpleasant part is that it involves heat. I’m not talking of heat in its literal sense. I’m referring to the discomfort of being sifted….being forced to let go of attitudes and desires which are obstacles in having a real, honest relationship with God. Most of the time, God uses the process of affliction to cleanse us. Just as the toughest cloth stains are removed by the harshest detergents, so it is with us. The older the bad habits and the more difficult to detach yourself from sin, the higher the heat of cleansing would be. It is in fact, a spiritual necessity.
We are admonished in the Bible not to be surprised when we encounter trials and I believe that’s the best attitude to have in the face of one. Because no matter who you are, where you are, what you do and whatever demons you are struggling with, trying times will definitely find you. So what do we do?
It is best to always have in mind that no matter how hot your furnace is or how long you’ve been in it, God’s flames unlike the devil’s, are meant to purify us and not to destroy us. As Keen said,
God’s flames are not to hurt us but our dross to consume and our gold to refine.
To hurry up a meal on fire, the heat is turned up; so does God turn up the heat of purification to hurry our process to holiness.
Don’t be afraid of the heat; be glad when it gets hotter because it means you will soon be ready.