“God gives the hardest battles to the strongest soldiers.”
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I heard this while my son and I are watching TV, this was uttered by the host when the contestant showed his disappointment when he didn’t make it to the semi-finals. This is while I am listening to this song: Refiner’s fire from my son’s music list. Something hit me. Later on, ideas were slowly coming into my head and as usual, I correlated each instances and came up with this blog. For me it is somehow connected to each other. The lesson from the Refiner’s fire and the quote above. One writer said that he doesn’t fully agree on this specific quote, saying that our strength comes from God Himself always. I agree on Him as well. The reason why I saw some connections is the belief of most people that God will never give us something we can not bear. And He knows it right from the start, He knows our capability because He is always with us and will assist us should we feel or think that we can not do it.
Almost 2 decades ago, I read the story of the Refiner’s fire. Young as I was. I see it to be very meaningful though it didn’t give any depth on me yet at that time. I encountered the story again after 10 years when my former boss shared it with us via an email. And it became more meaningful then, it gave me a more placid view. I witnessed different reactions from the other recipients of said email. Not until while I was browsing on my sons music list, I discovered that there’s a song created out of that story, it eventually brought out the human in me. More so, the lesson behind the story. What made it more consequential is to know that my teenage son was listening to it all this time. The story instantly became one of my guiding principle. An intervention miraculously coming from the least expected times. God bringing me to the story each time I complained of something. This was the depth that was lacking during my first and second encounter with the story. The depth came from the time when it created an actual impact on us. Mine was to know that the story has inspired my son as well. I remember my mom, she also has this certain song which she often set to us as an example. “The footprints in the sand”.
It really takes time to create a good song or story. I am now in the process of finding a song that will mean the same for me. These kind of inspiration amazes me, resonating such gifts of wisdom and willingness to share them to mankind. Thanking God for all. I’d like to repost the story of the Refiner’s fire in case some of my readers havent encountered it yet. And all I can wish is that it’ll also inspire them the way it did to a lot of people including me and my son. God bless everyone. May we all be purified in His likeness. In His time.
The Refiner’s Fire Story
Some time ago, a few ladies met in a certain city to
read the scriptures and make them the subject of
conversation. While reading the third chapter of
Malachi they came upon a remarkable expression
in the third verse.
“And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.”
One lady’s opinion was that it was intended to
convey the view of the sanctifying influence of the
grace of Christ. Then she proposed to visit a
silversmith and report to them what he said
on the subject. She went accordingly and without
telling the object of her errand, begged to know the
process of refining silver, which he fully described
“But Sir,” she said, “do you sit while the work of
refining is going on?” “Oh, yes madam, ” replied
the silversmith, “I must sit with my eye steadily fixed
on the furnace, for if the time necessary for refining
be exceeded in the slightest degree, the silver
will be injured.”
The lady at once saw the beauty, and comfort
too, of the expression,
“He shall sit as a refiner and purifier
Christ sees it needful to put His children into a
furnace. His eye is steadily intent on the work of
purifying, and His wisdom and love are both engaged
in the best manner for them. Their trials do not come
at random; “the very hairs of your head are
As the lady was leaving the shop, the silversmith
called her back, and said he had still further to
mention, that he only knows when the process of
purifying was complete, by seeing his own image
reflected in the silver.
Beautiful example! When Christ shall see His own
image in His people, His work of purifying will