The other day I was reading Isaiah as I am up to there in my Bible reading, and I was reading in chapter 6 about how Isaiah saw God and exclaimed: Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. "I am a man of unclean lips", it is a verse true for everyone. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: This is about the trials that God uses to try us. And he laid [it] upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. The trial taken with Christ's help, and endurance, purges us and we are clean. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here [am] I; send me. It took that, the trials that God sends us, to cleanse us and purge us from sin before he can use us in others. As Job says: But he knoweth the way that I take: [when] he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.
And with the grace and power of Jesus, we can endure these trials, and be tried, melted and molded in the fire before we can be used for heavenly purposes. ~ Jana