Furnace of Suffering

¤ BEING REFINED THROUGH FIRE ¤
Theme verse: Romans 8:28

Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose

This is quite a common verse that most of us are sort of acquinted with it. Yet though we seem to have taken one aspect of it like “…good things work together for good…”. The fact that the Holy Bible said that “all things” means that this includes both good and bad. One thing that I’ve discovered is that whenever sth is gained on a silver platter, it tends up to be mostly not cherished. Most of us thought Christianity was all about goodness and blessings forgetting the suffering aspects. God in his wisdom tries us through “the furnace of suffering”[Isaiah 48:10] not for our bad but in that He refines us. We are like Gold and Silver unto God and we can only be refined and presented Pure and Holy through the furnace of fire. People like Joseph and Job are clear examples of Men that had their selves tried through fire by God.

But for “all things to work for good” for us depends on our total reliance on God [Isaiah 40:31]. Our strengths are only renewed even in times when all hope seems lost to the very point that we sometimes start to doubt God’s presence and love for us in times of sufferings and trials. These trials and sufferings come in many forms such as temptations, denial from friends and family, losses of close ones, etc but we ought to always remember that God still says unto us each day through each of these that “My GRACE is sufficient for you”[2 Corinthains 12:9].

Beloved, God wants us to come to the very point that we can stamp our hands on our chest and just like Job did and say “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him”[Job 13:15] or like the three faithful friends of Daniel(shadrack,meshack,abednego ) and say that even if God saves us though we know He’s capable, we’ll never give in to anything other than Christ or God. Your Response to the circumstances that befall you will determine whether you bacome bitter or better. God wants you to realise,”it is no longer I that lives, but Christ liveth in me”[Galatians 2:20] and that ” it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfil his good purpose”[ Phillipians 2:13 ].

I boldly believe that if we begin and continue to fully relying on God as well as start seeing HIM in our trials and sufferings, our perspectives will begin to change and we’ll begin to see the bad things as also servants that God has sent to make us better and refined. Instead of looking at the problems or our current state, God wants us to rather seek Him in prayer with our hearts poured out fully in all sincerity and humility[Proverbs 3:3-6 ]. “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal”[ 2 Corinthians 4:18] “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain”[1 Corinthians 15:58]. Shalom.

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