“He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness.”
Since ancient times, precious metals have been purified using intense heat. The process involved a craftsman stirring a crucible filled with molten gold. Flames, reaching an excess of one thousand degrees, would liquify the gold and send the impurities to the top. The craftsman would then skim off the impurities, thus purifying the gold. The tradition remains largely untouched today, with the exception of a few advancements for safety and precision. For smaller amounts of gold, a second method of refining is often used today, involing the use of strong chemicals to dissolve the impurities. The purified gold becomes a powder when dried, then it is heated into useable gold. Whatever the process, it is clear, for purity to take place, intense heat is involved.
It is important to remember, as a believer, you and I are in a purifying process. The Lord is seeking to make us more holy and thus more useful for the kingdom. This process almost always includes heating things up around us. We may find the normal activities of life become overwhelming, as the Lord seeks to draw our attention to Himself. We may also find life being filled with added pressures, which serve the purpose of leading us to Christ, to become more like Him.
Whatever you are facing as this year comes to a close, keep in mind, it is the desire of God to purify you. He is a Master Craftsman who can use the experiences of life to form us into the image of Christ.