Sunday, August 20, 2023

THE FURNACE OF AFFLICTION

Broadcast 3763
Isaiah 48:9-11 (KJV) For my name's sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off. 10. Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. 11. For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.

Doyin was trained by loving and generous parents. She finished her university education as a good daughter making them proud. During her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), she met her first boyfriend who stole her heart and turned her against everyone, including her parents. She became rude and disobedient.

After some months, she had emptied her bank accounts, was stranded, and suffered because her boyfriend had left her for a richer girl. It was in her suffering that she remembered her parents and returned home in repentance. She was welcomed warmly.

If afflictions come, they come not to destroy us, but to refine us. As children of God, we have entered into a covenant relationship with Him, and He sometimes permits afflictions because He knows they would only make us better and wiser. Sometimes, that is the only way our eyes open to see the reality that makes us run back to God in humility and submission to His complete counsel, rather than stubbornly depending on our own understanding.

Come to God today in full submission to Him and every affliction would have no more use, thus they would vanish away.

Prayer: cry out to God like Peter did; say “Lord save me". Remember that God is forever willing to help you.
—Dr. Emmanuel James

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