Isaiah 48:10 shares how God refines us: "I have refined you, but not as silver is refined. Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering."
As the fire is turned up, we may become very uncomfortable. We may want to rush the process or try to avoid it altogether, but this will only prolong it. Instead, we must keep our eyes fixed on God's sovereignty, knowing He's a good, good Father who wants what's best for us and not what's only good.
Out of our weaknesses or woundedness, ungodly responses, attitudes, or behaviors become more visible... especially as we see the dross in our lives rise to the surface so our Master Silversmith can skim them off. These impurities can appear as unforgiveness, anger, fear, bitterness, or sinful desires that are not pleasing to God. For some of us, the dross represents skewed views of God, misplaced dependency, fear of man, fear of failure, pride, complacency, or compromise. But in our humbled, surrendered, brokenness, as we allow the dross to be removed, we are no longer rigid but pliable, able to best be formed into a mighty weapon of God that is pure, indestructible, and worth far more than the finest gold or silver.
And where there have been trials, persecution, and hardship, we will know the strength and power of God like never before. Forged by fire, we emerge with greater depths of intimacy with the Lord, keys of wisdom and revelation for what God is doing and is going to do, and with a foundation deeply rooted in Him so when He places the weight of our calling on us, we will be able to sustain it.