The refining process is painful and takes a long time. However, the end result is worth more than gold in the eyes of the Lord!
“Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver;
I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.”
“I will bring the one-third through the fire,
Will refine them as silver is refined,
And test them as gold is tested.
They will call on My name,
And I will answer them.
I will say, ‘This is My people’;
And each one will say, ‘The LORD is my God.’”
He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness.