Ruby is off on her adventure!
- If you haven’t read today’s chapter, go check it out on the Write Integrity Press blog.
- It’s game time! Join us in A Ruby Christmas Pinterest contest. Find today’s link at Ruby’s special Pinterest board or use this direct link to the Colorado photo! You know you want to play! The prize of $400 in books goes to the winner!
- Visit the blog by today’s chapter’s author, Dianne E. Butts and you can also find a devotional from her on Phee Paradise’s Delighted Meditations blog!
- Fay Lamb has insight into today’s chapter on Inner Source.
- And Dianne E. Butts is special guest on co-author J.A. Marx’s blog
Life hits some unexpected bumps as Ruby arrives in the Rocky Mountains. Today’s chapter author, Dianne E. Butts, suggests that Ruby has to go through difficulty, her own personal type of fire in order to discover a new path on the other side.
Think of the Refiner’s fires from Zechariah 13:9 and Malachi 3:2-3. These scriptures share how the Lord purifies His own, making them holy and without blemish. I really like the way 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 puts it:
Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.
And James 1:2-4 defines exactly what refining through the fire means: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials knowing that the testing of your faith produces in endurance. And let endurance have its most perfect end that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
Finding joy while enduring trouble seems an impossible task. But then God often puts His children in such a place so they will rely on Him to do what they cannot. And that submission, that humbling of spirits and acceptance of His strength and power, is the very thing that purifies.
Your Turn: What fires have you gone through in the past? How did you see God in that with you, if you did? What fires are you going through now? How can you look for Jesus walking with you through this fire. When you have gone through a fire in life, how did it change your relationship with Jesus?