Musings on…. 1 Peter 1:6

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Boy is still home today with the pink eye. Gross. It’s getting better tho.

Working on the church bulletin and running errands, sending off contest prizes and picking up kitties from the humane society.

What a day in the life of a Home Engineer. Hubby wants to watch Dan in Real Life. Anyone seen it? Is it good? 

 1 Peter 1:6In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

 Peter likens the proof or the trial of our faith to the refining of gold. Both gold and silver were refined and thus purified by fire. Gold and silver would be subjected to various intensities of heat until all the dross was consumed.

If the silver did not release its dross, then it would be rejected as reprobate silver. Hence the analogy of purifying gold/silver to be use with the purification of the children of God.

Jeremiah6:  29 The bellows blow fiercely
       to burn away the lead with fire,
       but the refining goes on in vain;
       the wicked are not purged out.

    30 They are called rejected silver,
       because the LORD has rejected them.”

Zechariah 13:  9 This third I will bring into the fire;
       I will refine them like silver
       and test them like gold.
       They will call on my name
       and I will answer them;
       I will say, ‘They are my people,’
       and they will say, ‘The LORD is our God.’ “

Malachi 3:2But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. 3He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness,

Psalm 66:10 For you, O God, tested us;
       you refined us like silver.

Psalm 12: 6 And the words of the LORD are flawless,
       like silver refined in a furnace of clay,
       purified seven times
.

Proverbs 17: 3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,
       but the LORD tests the heart.

Proverbs 27:    21 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,
       but man is tested by the praise he receives.

What should be our attitude in trials?

Why?

 James1:2-4, 12    2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.     12Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

Romans 5:1-5 1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Suffering produces perseverance

                                    perseverance produces character

                                                                                character produces hope

                                                                                                                    hope does not

                                                                                                                  disappoint us

Why? Because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the given Holy Spirit.

~~~

Now, what is to be your attitude in trials?

I was with a group of ladies and I told them about these verses, I said, I don’t want to be refined by fire, it hurts.

It really hurts, the high heat, the sweating, all the bad stuff melting off me. I don’t like trials.

They all got quiet, maybe because although we all don’t like being tested, we know we must be tested, refined, be made holy for the return of the King of Kings.

Blessings, Kristina

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5 responses »

  1. poor Jess. Let him know I am praying for him.
    ~~He thanks you, he is tired of being home and looking like a freak 🙂

  2. Of course trials hurt, but really, they do make us more beautiful if we have a good attitude in them, knowing that it is for our good and God’s glory.

    We can even Thank God for them if we have a right mind that is set on knowing God’s word, and look for the eternal good in all situations.

    Of course I am not perfect. I forget on way too many occasions. Especially in the “little” stuff. But thanks for the reminder. It seems God is reminding me of this a lot lately ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

  3. Hey K,
    Just a thought on Dan in Real Life. Chris & I were a bit disappointed. The movie was endearing and clever in so many ways, we couldn’t figure out why they had to make Dan look like a hypocrite and why his daughters were so outrageously disrespectful. Daughter #2 was acting out hyper-sexually and daughter #1 was just plain bratty about driving time. In my world view, he was being a great parent and setting reasonable boundaries, but he was made to look less-than for it. Too bad because the movie was otherwise enjoyable. Just my 2-cents 🙂 Hope Jesse is feeling better. TJ

  4. Five Nines

    Flying into San Jose one day on a due diligence trip, I was reading the details concerning the company we were to visit. As a leading edge chip fabricator, the company brochure went into some detail describing the painstaking and demanding nature of the manufacturing process.
    One point was particularly interesting. It seems that if commercial gold prices are at any given price, the cost of the gold used in making the company’s chips would be four times that market price. In the way of explanation, the brochure detailed that commercial gold is referred to as 99.9999% pure, or “Four Nines” gold. Electronic gold, the gold used in chip fabrication, however, requires a purity of 99.99999%. It is therefore referred to as “Five Nines” gold.
    This seemingly trivial increase in purity is in reality crucial to the operations of every computer in the world. The purity is achieved and the costs incurred because the gold is subjected to at least six or seven steps of additional smelting. At each successive step, the gold is subjected to increasing levels of heat and pressure to remove ever more insignificant impurities. In the final stage, the heat is extremely high, the pressure at the limits and the impurities removed almost indiscernible.
    Interestingly, we are told that if the process is stopped even one stage before the last, the gold can only be classified and used as “Four Nines”, in spite of the investment and increased purity.
    Even more intriguing to reflect upon is the fact that only after this repeated and expensive process of excruciatingly intense pressure and heat is the gold ready to serve its highest purpose – hidden in the inner workings of a computer, essential to the operation but virtually invisible to all. On the other hand, the unpurified gold is still gold – but it is good only for the showy and relatively pointless use as jewelry or other decoration. Both are still gold – just different in their availability for service.
    How many potential “five nines” have quit before the process was over? How many “four nines” have never pursued the process, happy to be an ornament in the church?

    Is it any accident that the Scriptures speak so frequently of the purifying fire of the Lord? That so many references are made to the painful but necessary process of sanctification? Salvation comes “easily”, all can aspire to be “Four Nines” by accepting the price paid by the Savior.
    To go beyond, however, to obey and seek the higher service, is not a trivial or painless road to pursue. We are told in Proverbs 17:3 that “the Lord tests the heart more than gold and silver in the furnace”. Likewise, 1 Peter 6 & 7 reaffirms the role of trials and affliction in purifying our faith. In Psalms 12:6 reference is made to fine silver “purified seven times”. Revelations 3:18 speaks of buying “gold refined in the fire”. And in Ezekiel 17:17-22 God speaks of purifying the rebellious nation, stating that He will blow with a fiery breath so they will be melted as dross.
    God disciplines those He loves. As we seek to reconcile our heart with the Almighty, as we pray that we may be purified and made available for our highest service, we should not be surprised as the pressure and heat increases. As we see our “impurities” to be “inconsequential” compared to another, we can rejoice and seek, not in pride, but rather in the submission that our final purification will find us ready to be hidden within God’s purpose, serving where and how He desires, filling the role as a “Five Nines” servant.
    A parting thought – if we aren’t experiencing any heat or pressure, does that mean that we are already “Five Nines” —or that we are not in the process?

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