Tag: Suffering

You are chosen in the furnace of affliction!

George Whittenby George Whitten

Isaiah 48:10 Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.

The great evangelist and teacher Charles Spurgeon had a plaque on his bedroom with the words written on it, “I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

Spurgeon, writing about the trials and afflictions that the saints endure, said, “It is no mean thing to be chosen of God.” He continued, “God’s choice makes chosen men choice men … we are chosen, not in the palace, but in the furnace. In the furnace, beauty is marred, fashion is destroyed, strength is melted, glory is consumed; yet here eternal love reveals its secrets, and declares its choice.

In the midst of trials and tribulations comes the burning question: “Why do the righteous suffer?” Some answer with theology, others with platitudes; C.S. Lewis offers a rhetorical, “Why not? They’re the only ones who can take it!

One friend suggests, “Suffering was the personal choice of God at the beginning of creation. [Revelation 13:8] If I want to know Him personally and intimately how can I not embrace it?

Embrace your trial and the suffering involved, but only if you want a deeper relationship with your personal savior.

Your family in the Lord with much agape love

by George Whitten

No exceptions!

Grace Gems Whiteby Daniel Rowlands

Romans 8:28, “We know that God causes ALL things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

Make no exception, when Paul makes none. ALL! Remember Paul excepts nothing. Give glory to God, and resolve with Job, “Though He slays me–yet will I trust in Him.” The Almighty may seem for a season to be your enemy, in order that he may become your eternal friend.

Oh! Believers, after all your tribulation and anguish, you must conclude with David, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I might learn Your statutes.” Under all your disquietudes you must exclaim, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!

Even affliction is very useful and profitable to the godly!

The prodigal son had no thought of returning to his father’s house until he had been humbled by adversity. Hagar was haughty under Abraham’s roof, and despised her mistress; but in the wilderness she was meek and lowly. Jonah sleeps on board ship; but in the whale’s belly he watches and prays. Manasseh lived as a libertine at Jerusalem, and committed the most enormous crimes; but when he was bound in chains in the prison at Babylon his heart was turned to seek the Lord his God.

Bodily pain and disease have been instrumental in rousing many to seek Christ, when those who were in good health have given themselves no concern about Him. The ground which is not rent and torn with the plough, bears nothing but thistles and thorns. The vines will run wild in process of time, if they are not pruned and trimmed. So would our wild hearts be overrun with filthy, poisonous weeds–if the true Vine-dresser did not often check their growth by crosses and sanctified troubles.

See, therefore, that all the paths of the Lord are mercy, and that God causes ALL things to work together for good to those who love Him.

by Daniel Rowlands