See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed? I will not yield my glory to another. – Isaiah 48:10-11 (NIV)
What if the current challenges that you face are not about you? God tells Israel that He is using even their disobedience as a way to glorify His name. People may be uncomfortable with the understanding that God uses our afflictions to test us, but there is more at stake than our understanding. We are being refined for God’s glory and not our own, and God will not give that glory to anyone else. So when you find yourself in the furnace of affliction, be strong, for God wants to use this for agendas that we are not aware of.
Today’s commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org
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