“The Furnace of Affliction.”

“I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction
Isaiah 48:10

Does not the Word come like a soft shower,
assuaging the fury of the flame?

Yes, is it not an asbestos armor,
against which the heat has no power?

Let the affliction come–God has chosen me.

Poverty, thou mayest stride in at my door;
but God is in the house already,
and He has chosen me.

Sickness, thou mayest intrude;
but I have a balsam ready–
God has chosen me.

Whatever befall me in this vale of tears,
I know that He has chosen me.

Fear not, Christian; Jesus is with thee.

In all thy fiery trials,
His presence is both thy comfort and safety.
He will never leave one
whom He has chosen for His own.

“Fear not, for I am with thee,”
is His sure word of promise
to His chosen ones
in “the furnace of affliction.”
–C. H. Spurgeon

Today’s thought – Fear Not

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Isaiah 41:8-14
8 But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen,
the offspring of Abraham My friend,

9 You whom I [the Lord] have taken from the ends of the earth
and have called from the corners of it,
and said to you, You are My servant—
I have chosen you and not cast you off
[even though you are exiled].

10 Fear not [there is nothing to fear],
for I am with you;
do not look around you in terror and be dismayed,
for I am your God.
I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties,
yes, I will help you;
yes, I will hold you up and retain you
with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.

11 Behold, all they who are enraged and inflamed against you
shall be put to shame and confounded;
they who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish.

12 You shall seek those who contend with you
but shall not find them;
they who war against you shall be as nothing,
as nothing at all.

13 For I the Lord your God hold your right hand;
I am the Lord,
Who says to you,
Fear not; I will help you!

14 Fear not, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel!
I will help you, says the Lord;
your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
Amplified Bible

My Bible reading . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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