10 You have tested us, O God; you have purified us like silver. — Psalm 66:10 NLT
There are two things in life that we use on just about a daily basis and both of those things can be good or evil depending on our attitude toward them and our use of them. One is fire, though we don’t actually build fires every day, we use things that are formed and molded as a result of heat and fire. Fire is necessary in refining processes that allow us to have jewelry, coins and other valuable items. But that fire, uncontrolled, can be very destructive. Each year thousands of lives and homes and acres of forest are lost to fires. The trials we go through are compared to fires that refine us. We can use those times of refining to draw closer to God or we can use them as a reason to revel against God. The other, of course, is money. Money can become our idol, our master, when we spend too much time focused on earining it and using it for the wrong reasons. Or it can serve us well when we have the proper balance of work versus worship. We can use it to spread the KIngdom of God here on earth in multiple ways or we can use to purchase useless items. Both fire and money can be great servants or destructive masters. The choice is ours.
24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money. — Matt. 6:24 NLT