A Healing Fire
We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
We all know how deeply imbedded some of our shortcomings are. When we're ready to let God remove them, we must be willing to let him do whatever it takes to get the job done.
When we ask God to remove our shortcomings and purify us, we should be prepared to take some heat. The best way to purify something precious is to melt it down with fire. Even in the Old Testament God commanded that precious metals be passed through fire for ceremonial purification. "Anything made of gold, silver, bronze, iron, tin, or lead—that is, all metals that do not burn—must be passed through fire in order to be made ceremonially pure" (Numbers 31:22-23).
Throughout the Bible there are allusions to God using fire to purify us. The apostle Peter wrote, "Dear friends, don't be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world" (1 Peter 4:12-13). The author of Hebrews wrote, "No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it's painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living" (Hebrews 12:11).
God only uses fire on things that can take the heat and come out better in the end. He doesn't send trials to destroy us, but rather to purify us and develop our character. The fire hurts, but in the end it leaves something beautiful in our lives.
God can create something beautiful out of the ruined past.
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.