Be Encouraged During Trials and Tribulation
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Be Encouraged During Trials And Tribulation

 As I go through the darkest valleys of this life, I am reminded of God’s purpose that He so aptly expressed in Isaiah 1:24-27 “I…will smelt away your dross as with lye and will remove all your alloy. Then I will restore…that you will be called the city of righteousness, a faithful city.”
 Dross is “the scum…that is thrown off in the process of melting; waste matter; refuse; any worthless matter separated from the better part; impure matter.” Alloy is “to reduce the purity of a metal, by mixing with it a portion of one less valuable.”
 With this understanding, I bow low in humble adoration of God’s tender mercy toward such an unworthy sinner as myself. How comforting to know that all my trials and tribulations, which at first appear to my human eye as unloving acts of fate, are in actuality the manifestation of the kind Master Goldsmith whose own loving Hand stokes the fire beneath my soul to remove all the worthless matter that still separates me from His holiness. How thankful I am that God loves me enough to correct my bent toward sin and to redeem my corruption through sanctification—the act of making holy. “In an evangelical sense, this is the act of God’s grace by which the affections of men are purified or alienated from sin and the world and exalted to a supreme love to God. God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. (2 Thes. 2, 1 Peter 1). The act of consecrating or of setting apart for a sacred purpose; consecration.”
 Our corrupted spirits are not only in love with ourselves, but also with the world at large, necessitating a complete transformation before becoming fitted for our heavenly home. Though scripture warns that our hearts can be deceived to the very gates of heaven, God faithfully helps His children to search out the darkest corners of their hearts through trials and tribulations. And it is in fact these tempests that cause our roots to grow deeper and our fruit to increase all the more. So as we experience those fiery trials, let us remember that God has our best interests at heart. He stokes the fire to remove our dross and alloy so that He can see His reflection upon our souls.