This is a very popular hymn and has a good message. One of my favorite verses in it is Verse 5:
When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie, My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply. The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design Thy dross to consume, thy dross to consume, Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.
Gold is usually found in little flecks spread throughout plain stone. The gold must be purified, or refined, before it can be used in jewelry or other things. To do this, it must be heated to a very high temperature in what is called the “refiner’s fire”. When it gets hot enough, the impurities (also called “dross”) separate from the gold and you are left with beautiful, perfect gold!
Sometimes in life the Lord sends us through a refiner’s fire. This is a time when life gets really hard, and we wonder how we can make it through all the painful, stressful, and sad things that happen at this point. We might even ask the Lord, “Why are you doing this to me? I am afraid I will lose my testimony, even though I’m trying my best!” But the Lord knows how much heat you need to melt all the dross out of you, and He knows how much heat will be too much. He will not let you lose your testimony if you are trying your best to keep it.
When you have come through your refiner’s fire, you will be beautiful, perfect, shiny gold without any dross or imperfections left in you. The Lord loves you! He can see the gold in you, and He knows how to make it perfect!
Here is a video that has to do with the same topic (but with a different analogy):