It is hard when you are walking through something to surrender and realize God is working out stuff in you through the process. When we see others getting an upper hand, it is easy to think that things are unfair. In those times, we may just want to give up or at minimum complain a lot. This scripture is reminder that we have to trust God through the process.
We have to realize that heat burns up what doesn’t belong. It might be painful, but getting out the impurities is for our benefit. Letting God burn off pride is a painful process, but scriptures remind Pride goes before destruction (Proverbs 16:18). God is just burning it up, because it doesn’t belong in us for it will eventually destroy us.
There are times that we may feel like God is restricting us. I know there are times I really want to lash out, but God stops me (When I listen). Scriptures tell that People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord (Proverbs 19:3). More times than I care to admit, I have lashed out and then gotten angry with God because what should have happened didn’t.
God wants to do so much more in us than we can image. Often times we keep Him busy protecting us from our own worst enemy. Not the enemy that seeks to steal, kill, and destroy, but ourselves.
When God is burning up things in us or binding us, it may look like someone is getting one over on us. But the reality is, God uses people to bring us to the spot that we are dying to self and the flesh. He wants us to set an example far above what the world expects. If we trust Him through the process, He will bring us out to a much better place. A place of abundance – not only for us to enjoy but for us to be able to give to others.