The Fining – Proverbs 17:3

Fining-noun -1.the process by which fused glass is freed of undissolved gases. 2. the process of clarifying or filtering a wine or spirit.
Key Verse: Proverbs 17:3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts.
Silvering is the chemical process of coating glass with a reflective substance.

fining 3Thought Point: Christians are the fused glass. What undissolved gases do we hold within our hearts?

While away healing, I was studying deeply about the Person and the Work of the Holy Spirit, the books of Psalms and Proverbs. I will be sharing some things that the Holy Spirit shared with me concerning verses I was led to meditate on from the books of Psalms and Proverbs.

I, like many have felt like Job, but without the friends. We never pull away from God, even though there are times we feel His Spirit wasn’t working with/in us. We stand firm in prayer shedding many tears and experience near breaking point bouts. Are we to break and not just reach the point? ( We’re in the Fining Pot.) If we tell others about our problems and about the deaths and a serious illness of loved ones, 99.999% of the time this sentiment will be spoken that have always bothered me… “Well, you know the bible says God never puts more on you than you can bear.” Really? Beloved, bear with me and grasp this knowledgeable discovery given to me on Oct 15th at my 10:24pm study of Proverbs 17:3.

The saying is a falsehood floating around in pulpits, at funerals and at hospitals. Although it is spoken as a sentiment, quite a few believe it is a biblical saying and are very attentive to it. It is not a biblical saying per my lesson from the Holy Spirit of God. It is here that we find the true saying has been taken way out of Egypt (context). The sentiment should stop being used in association with the following verse: There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (1Corinthians 10:13) This verse clearly speaks of temptations common to man; not about burdens…“God never puts…” can’t even come out of or close to this verse.

If you perhaps still have unbelief that this is an unbiblical sentiment, think about these things: (1) What burden(s) did “God put” on His one and only beloved Son that He could not bear; would you intentionally put burdens on your own child/children)? (2) Should you really say that to someone who lost someone to suicide, a sudden death, or the rape of a child because “God put” that burden there? (3) What burden was it that “God put” on Judas that he could not bear it so much so that he hung himself? (4) Could you bear the loss of your entire family in an auto accident and you as the driver lived; would that be a burden that “God put” on you?

Wisdom Point – God DELIVERS us from our burdens. Please read  2 Corinthians  Note verses 8-10

“For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;” (Think- Did God put  the “trouble” to come to them “in Asia?)

As the young people say “I’m not tryin’ to get up in your grille” or “tryin’ to raise your roof”…I am just sharing a truth about an often misrepresented saying. (this is the Fining) There is a need for us to pay close attention of things taking place in the spiritual realm. 1 Corinthians 10:1 warns us about being ignorant-“Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;” (The Fining of “Our Fathers”) (Read verses 2-12)

The main question we should ask ourselves as Christians is – why are we so quick to say that it is God that is doing the “put?” In the scriptures presented does it state that “God put?” I know, I know, it’s a saying that has been passed down through generations and the scripture misunderstood. Even I have used it once and recall feeling very uncomfortable for saying it. I have had to go through near death experiences to grasp the truth about God’s word when spoken from others.

While in the presence of people going through the unbearable, I learned that there was strength in prayer, in quietness, in just being there, and in crying with some laughter. You know…The Fining of it all. It is indeed a process through which we (fused beings/glass) go through to be freed from undissolved issues (gases). In life it takes a highly heated process to dissolve things. Hallelujah Holy Spirit, Thank you for that shout out.

The Fining– Oh what a great silvering (reflection) process that in the end allows us to take a spot-on view of what is in our hearts. It allows us to see what God sees in our heart because  ..”the Lord trieth the hearts.”  IT’S NOT ABOUT THE BURDENS, IT’S ABOUT THE FINING AND GOD’S GRACE. That’s my belief and I’m sticking with it.

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One comment on “The Fining – Proverbs 17:3

  1. “While in the presence of people going through the unbearable, I learned that there was strength in prayer, in quietness, in just being there, and in crying with some laughter.” Love this!!!

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