The crucible serves it's purpose, but boy it's not a lot of fun is it? Maybe you've been there...going through a particular trial that tests every fiber of your being, and just when you get a chance to gasp a breath of air, or try to heave a sigh of relief you look up to find that...wait a minute, I'm still in the fire. That situation that singes your faith, and puts everything you believe about God to test.
If you find yourself experiencing any one of those things, yep your in the crucible.
So what does one do when they find themselves in the crucible you might ask? Why, you praise God. Yes you heard me correctly, you praise God right where you are for taking the time to discipline you, taking the time to remove the dross that sits just below your skin, the grime that doesn't readily meet your eyes, so that your life can be a mirror that reflects Jesus to the world around you. Proverbs 25:4 NIV, Remove the dross from the silver, and a silversmith can produce a vessel.
Yes friends, before Jesus can use us the dross must be removed from our life, and though by no means is it comfortable, it is so very necessary.