When I was a teenager, I visited a bottle company that made glass bottles. One of the fascinating facts I discovered is that glass is made by melting sand. Now don’t expect to go to the beach and start a glass company. The temperature of the furnace reaches as hot as 3090 degrees Fahrenheit!
During our tour, we were shown the glowing furnace where the sand was melted. Our guide told us that the furnace never stops burning. In order to enter in, a special suit must be worn for maintenance of the furnace.
Let’s switch gears. Have you ever been in your own furnace? A real life one when your circumstances don’t make sense and you feel afraid? As Christians, we should expect them. We face small ones off and on throughout life; and sometimes, we may find ourselves in a much bigger one. Listen to what the Psalmist said about them:
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all (Psalm 34:19).
Don’t be surprised if you find yourselves surrounded by flames. Afflictions are “many” to those who walk righteously. The Christian never suffers in vain. There is purpose and wisdom behind each one. We read:
“Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. 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” (Isaiah 48:10-11).
Who does the refining? God. For what purpose? His own sake, so that we are humbled and made holy. The furnace has a way of conforming us to the image of Christ. The goal of every believer.
Nevertheless, the furnace of the Christian is a scary place to be. The flames threaten to overpower, consume, devour and snuff the life out of us. When we are in the midst of these, they seem so powerful and mighty. They seem to have authority over us.
We may even wonder why God would allow His little lambs to experience such intense troubles. Or, where is God in the midst of these flames? We’re filled with all the “what ifs?” What if the flame devours? What if it cripples? Or worse, what if it never ends? The flames of the furnace feel like a big ugly giant holding us captive. But despite our fears in the flames, do you know that we are not to fear? Sounds incomprehensible, huh? How and why must we remain calm in such difficulties?
I’ll tell you why and perhaps it will be the key to showing you how. The flames cannot touch God’s beloved. Sure they can rage, and that, they do mighty well. They will spit and pop their threats, attempting to provoke fear. They will even stare us down with their boasting lies about what they are going to do with us. But, they cannot touch us with even the heat of its furry.
Read Isaiah 43:2, …when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
So next time you find yourself in a fiery trial, know that not one of those flames that loom over you will come to pass concerning you. Find God’s promises in the Word, and douse the flames by the truth of God’s word concerning you. And remember, not a hair will be singed.
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