The Lord has been teaching me about the hammering process of refining metal into useful tools. I’m sure most of us have heard all the verses in the Bible about refiners fire, the purification of Gold and the potter who works the clay. I have had my seasons of refining and purification through Holy Spirit and the seasons of life. Refining is a never ending process (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Recently I have been reflecting on the season I am and asking the Lord where I am at in His hammering process. As we have felt the blows of life, I have often felt like I was the one being hammered and blasted to be shaped into something useful. The Lord begin highlighting the importance of the anvil in the process.
The anvil is the most valuable tool in the hands of a blacksmith. It is the resistance that helps shape and refine the soft hot metal. Due to its dense and heavy form, it can handle the continual blows of the hammer and the overwhelming heat of the furnace without losing it’s shape or form. Often times the anvil is unnoticed in the finished product, but without out, there is no refining process.
There are season of being refined, and there as season when God will use to help shape and refine the culture around us. Sometimes we are the gold and silver, other times we are the anvil. Obedience is our only responsibility.
No matter the pain of your season, hang in there and lean into the Lord. He is faithful to complete the work He has started! Thank you Lord, that the pain in your process brings comfort and peace and not just consequences! Teach us to abide and remain rooted in your love (John 15).
O Lord, we have passed through your fire; like precious metal made pure, you’ve proved us, perfected us, and made us holy. – Psalms 66:10 (passion translation).