The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart.”
Proverbs 17:3 NIV
The Lord tests the heart of His child not so He can discover what is in it but so you can.
The crucible is a vessel that can take extreme heat and not melt. It is used to melt the silver so that the impurities of the precious metal will rise to the top. Then the refiner will skim it off the top.
It is the same with your heart. The great Refiner will use the hot fires of life to cause the impurities in your heart to be revealed- so you can see them and so He can clear them.
He will bring to the surface the things that are holding you back from loving freely, what is tripping you up in your relationships, what is sabotaging your peace. Things that don’t belong there but have never been processed out.
Don’t be alarmed when Jesus brings uncomfortable and unsightly things to the surface. It is His work and His way to answer the prayer you prayed.
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
Psalm 51:10 NIV
He creates a pure heart, a clean heart, by bringing up what doesn’t belong there.
Your job is to stay in His Hand, deal with what comes up (which almost always begins with repentance or forgiveness) and allow the healing balm of His love to make you new.
How is your heart?
What is Jesus bringing up?
What do you need to do with it?