Recently, I was made aware of an idea that instead of making resolutions for the new year, we should instead select a word to define our year. Some people are picking the words themselves, others are praying for a divine revelation of the word.
I decided to select a word that would represent completion of the events from the past few years. I’d consider it partial divine revelation and partial selection on my part. I know that the Lord has been refining some areas in my life for the past few years, and it has been tough. Really tough. Pain. Tears. Loneliness.
However, as 2015 drew to a close many of those situations were heading toward resolution. And, a I have just a few things that are going to end this year. While I know that God is not entirely done with me yet, and that the future will definitely be a continuation of a refining process… I still chose for my word this year to be REFINED. Past tense, because I believe this current season of refinement, the trials I have been going through are coming to an end.
When we are being refined by God, He will use circumstances to strip away everything that is not beneficial to us. He will use circumstances to teach us and prepare us for future works. He will also discipline us as a way to guide us toward His calling and direction in our life. Refinement is not easy, but the result is always good. There are also byproducts of our refinement, including being able to share our testimony to others. This gives them peace in knowing that the trials they face are part of God’s refinement of their life.
Refinement is a gift, even if it is a tough one to receive. I am eager to see how God will use this gift in my life in the coming year.