Monday, October 10, 2011

Refiner's Fire

After reading through As Silver Refined by Kay Arthur, I cannot get that song out of my head... "Refiner's fire... My heart's one desire... Is to be holy... Set apart for you, my Master... Ready to do your will..."  I hummed this all through the beginning of the book as she told a beautiful story of the ancient process of refining silver.  I almost cried as I pictured God peering into my soul... looking for His reflection and most likely not yet finding it.

Kay Arthur does a brilliant job of explaining God's true purpose in allowing us to go through struggles and difficult times.  She is fully transparent in sharing her past and ways in which she did and didn't allow God's refining fire to work in her life. 

She also has a calm and thorough way of explaining each concept.  I have never understood meekness and how important it is in the life of a Christian until now.  Not only does she provide multiple examples of how Jesus portrayed meekness in His life, but she also explains that meekness isn't something we are born with; it is "something God works into us."  We can't get meekness on our own, because it requires that we are filled with the Holy Spirit.

Kay also reminds us that we ultimately have to trust in God's sovereignty, through even the worst of times.  We cannot fully understand God's wisdom and understanding because He is infinitely more powerful.  We have to sink our roots deeper into Him in order to get through the fire and come out brighter and stronger.  He will give us the strength we need to get through our trials if we trust in Him. 

The other thing I am loving about this book is that I am reading it at a perfect time in my life.  I know God has orchestrated this because the verses, especially James 4:6-7, Ephesians 4:23 and 6:18, and Psalms 37 and 91, are being repeated in the two other books I am reading right now.  God uses everything to show us that He wants us to draw closer to Him, to seek Him in prayer and His Word, and to live our life in a way that brings glory to Him. 

I would highly recommend this book.  Kay Arthur writes decisively, transparently and with strong, solid reference to Scripture.  I am most likely not doing justice to how well she illustrates her points, so I will just have to show you... here is a link to an excerpt from her book, As Silver Refined.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of the Blogging for Books program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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