There was a popular video posted on YouTube a few years ago, that talked about the refiner’s fire. The song was written by Brian Doerksen, but the video rendition I am talking about, starts off with Jeremy “Passion” Manongdo testifying how he got saved, and accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior.
It goes on to talk about his spiritual life and how that after a period of time he realized that the most comfortable place to be was in the refiner’s fire. He talked about how he knew when he was in the refiner’s fire that God’s hand was upon him, that he was being purified, that he was being cleansed, and being brought into a closer relationship with God. Thus, in his spiritual maturity, being able to understand how God operates by using the fiery trials of life, he declares that the refiner’s fire has become his one and only desire! This is very scriptural.
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby (Hebrews 12:11).
The one that has learned to enjoy the purifying process of the Spirit of God is one who understands the deep mystery of suffering evil in agreement with the will of God, and being conformed into the image of Jesus Christ . . .
Is God powerless to protect his people? Why would He allow Christians to suffer persecution? Can’t He stop it? I ask these questions facetiously; because of course God has power over all. If you have eyes to see and ears to hear the Word of the Living God all confusion will be put to rest, and you can gain an understanding into the divine mystery of suffering and evil, why it exists, and how to overcome it.