Years ago, I heard Kay on television teaching about the refiner's fire and how silver is purified. The refiner continues to gently turn up the heat (while never leaving the fire unattended) until impurities are brought to the surface, which he skims off. Then he checks his reflection, and repeats the process over and over, until he can clearly see his image in the silver.
What a clear picture of our lives being shaped into the image of Jesus!
This book is amazing. As usual, Kay Arthur writes with incredible biblical wisdom and knowledge. The back of her book says this:
"How do you respond when your husband or wife tramples your emotions? When your boss fires you unexpectedly? When you lose your life’s savings? When the child you’ve loved and prayed for turns his back on you and your values?
When disappointments like these smash their way into your life, you may want to scream, “How could God let this happen?”
But what if God didn’t just “let it happen”? What if the things you call disappointments are really His appointments—events He is using to make you more like Christ? What if your circumstances are actually the flames of His grace, intended to melt and burn away the undesirable elements in your life, leaving you pure and radiant—like refined silver?
"We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every though tcaptive to the obedience of Christ."
If you are in the midst of trying circumstances (and who isn't, in one way or another?), then I highly recommend this Bible-based, sound teaching about God's hand in our lives.
Thanks to the publisher for giving me a free copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review. I honestly love this book!
You can get a copy here.