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Refinement

Today’s Reflection

WE ARE IMPERFECT humans in need of “refinement” like a precious metal that requires purification by fire, which is to say we need to be purged of impurities in our faith. First Peter compares this purification to the “testing” of gold, which is accomplished only by the burnishing of the refiner’s fire. We observe in this passage, however, that the opening admonition of First Peter was intended as an encouraging reminder to the persecuted not to look at the immediate pain of their fiery testing but to cultivate the vision to see beyond the “various trials” they currently face in order to glimpse life “born anew” as a result of their faithfulness and endurance.

—John R. Wimmer
Blessed Endurance: Moving Beyond Despair to Hope

From page 36-37 of Blessed Endurance: Moving Beyond Despair to Hope by John R. Wimmer. Copyright © 2017 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Where do you see God at work in your life? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

The genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
—1 Peter 1:7, NRSV

This Week: May the God of everlasting hope grant you blessed endurance on your journey. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

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  • Jill February 2, 2019, 5:21 am

    Chuckle, chuckle – where don’t I see Him at work in my life? And what a full blessing it is that He is touching so many nooks and crannies. It is a scary thing to say to Him – Have Thine Own Way. To really, deep down at the gut level, intend to sacrificially open oneself to His leading, His sovereignty. I am learning more and more about it. And I think of Robert’s comment very recently – only God knows. And I wonder how far apart His measurement of my submission is from my guesstimate. Woefully large, I suppose. But – I fully believe He is using even my notion of willingness and doing His beautiful God math on it and transforming me. A little bit of willingness and a lot of God and movement down the road continues. Thanks be to God!
    Rusty – thank you for sharing that translation of Psalm 4. I savored it for quite a while this morning.

  • Lou February 2, 2019, 6:58 am

    May the God of everlasting hope grant you blessed endurance on this journey…
    Yes. Life is a journey and the trials and temptations are certainly a part of that. God is surely with us and beside us every step of the way. Thanks be to God.
    Thankful for surviving the extreme temperatures with no major problems. Thankful God gives me the strength to be here always to support my children who still need me. Thankful for a visit from a friend.
    Prayers and blessing of strength and hope for all of the UR family.

  • Betsy February 2, 2019, 8:03 am

    As human beings, we have the gift of reflection. Looking back over my life I see where God has had a hand in all aspects of my life, both struggles and joys. Thank you, Lord, for the gift of perspective and resilience, so that I may praise You in all circumstances.
    I love your statement Lou, “Life is a journey and trials and temptations are part of that.” Blessings to all who come here to reflect and be refined.

  • Julie February 2, 2019, 8:21 am

    And I like your words, Betsy, “all who come here to reflect and be refined.” My faith has been refined by the words of each member of this family in Christ. I have grown much in my faith and understanding of the true definitions of faith and faithfulness. I see God daily here as well as in my life. Each moment is His and He is with me.
    Blessings and prayers dear UR family, I lift each of you and everthing you relate here that weighs on your heart up to the Lord

    • Rusty February 2, 2019, 8:29 am

      Each moment is His. Beautiful!

  • Rusty February 2, 2019, 8:26 am

    Me too. Life as a journey – with trials, temptations, reflection and refinement – AND resilience and God working in and through all our books and crannies.

    I love that.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling February 2, 2019, 8:54 am

    God is working on my tolerance at this stage of my life so dear God, please grant me blessed endurance on my life journey!

    Blessings to all and thank you for all your prayers and encouragement!

  • April February 2, 2019, 10:05 am

    I see God working in my life to make changes that make me healthier, physically, emotionally and spiritually. The readings from UR family members here, bedtime devotionals, the Bible, face-to-face conversations, observations from nature… really every moment of the day if I am open to learning and choose to change. I am now choosing to fast from certain foods, think of situations in different ways, and look for direction for next steps.
    I am remembering and giving thanks for the faithfulness of God through difficult situations, not the situation itself. The new year of 2019 is already on day 33, and these verses remind me that God is always ready to lead:
    Isaiah 43:19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
    Blessed Assurance and Endurance.

  • robert moeller February 2, 2019, 12:26 pm

    Thankful that the trouble with the modem is fixed and internet is back. Saw an article about resurgent Pittsburgh. Glad to see some sights I haven’t seen
    since 1957 are still operating. Think I rode the special funicular railway there.
    Thought, of course, of Julie, her hands, feet, and home life.

    God is working through me to help Anneliese and Erich. Sometimes that may not appear so, but I see results here and there. Care and prayers for children and adults in a variety of settings are also God guided and influenced.

    Weather is warming slightly during the day, but below zero at night. So far this area has escaped the brutal temps of the Midwest. I think of Lou in Chicago and a friend in Kansas City.

    Glad for a short face time visit with my daughter and granddaughter. Erich is at work, a day off, and paycheck coming soon.

    Thankful for the comments today from the dear UR family where we all are mindful of the presence of God. Blessings, a spirit filled Sunday , and a
    wonderful weekend to you all.

  • Ramona February 6, 2019, 12:27 pm

    I see God at work in my life in the readings, discussions and feedback of the God- Loving women in my Companions in Christ study group. I thank God for you.

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