Proverbs 48:10 says; “Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.” What is God saying here? Does He get enjoyment in watching us suffer trials? Why does it seem that the closer we draw to the Lord, the hotter the flames of affliction? Afflictions are a result of living in a world of sin. Satan gets upset when we get closer to God. God will turn these afflictions into refining moments where we see our weakness and realize that our true strength is in Him alone. Are you going through a trial today? Give it and yourself over to the Lord and watch Him change those lemons of affliction into heavenly lemonade for His glory.