At the point of redemption, there is a diamond bit of love, provided of GOD, to plunge a shaft of forgiveness all the way to the heart hardened in rebellion. “For the redemption of their soul is precious …” Thus, way down deep, in every born again life, there is a gold mine of grace to discover. “I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.” In the earth, a fire in a mineshaft is a tragedy of fatal proportion; but not in us. There it is, in us, that GOD purposely kindles HIS flames to purge and ventilate the life HE redeems of the toxic vapors of sin. “The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.” The gold of fallen and yellow variety melts at 1063 degrees Celsius. Heaven alone knows the temperature it will take within us to melt the heart of stone; and liquefy the licentiousness, so that it flows out like the lava. Whatever your spiritual melting point is, it is exactly where the LORD has the set the dial of HIS degrees. Squirm all you want, but be assured that HE waits in infinite patience at the door of your personal oven of well done sin.
"Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:” Though nothing purifies like fire, the typical Christian pulls the alarm and flees its presence long before it has the opportunity to accomplish GOD'S intent. Instead of standing firm like those three boys of Hebrew lore, we live out our lives in a constant state of ‘fire escape’. We erect vast firewalls, while running over and over the drills in our mind, that we might prevent the total loss of self. All around us are the religious insurance salesmen seeking our business as well; but beware, for hidden in their fine print is the exclusion clause of the appearance of JESUS CHRIST … you know, just in case. In a firestorm of faith, the wisest course is to jettison the extinguishers, tear down the escapes, deny every truck, and close all the stations. Only then will you discover a fourth, like unto the SON of GOD, in the midst of the fire with you.
“But HE knoweth the way that I take: when HE hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”