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God’s people in the furnace

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

Suggested Further Reading:
Isaiah 43:1-7

Beloved, the first thing I will give you is the comfort of the text
itself—election. Comfort yourself with this thought: God says, “I have chosen
thee in the furnace of affliction.” “The fire is hot, but he has chosen me;
the furnace burns, but he has chosen me; these coals are hot, I do not love
the place, but he has chosen me.” Ah! It comes like a soft gale assuaging the
fury of the flame. It is like some gentle wind fanning the cheeks; yes, this
one thought arrays us in fireproof armour, against which the heat has no
power. “Let affliction come—God has chosen me. Poverty, you may come in at the
door—God is in the house already, and he has chosen me. Sickness, you may
come, but I will have this by my side for a balsam—God has chosen me. Whatever
it is, I know that he has chosen me.” The next comfort is that you have the
Son of man with you in the furnace. In that silent bedchamber of yours, there
sits by your side one whom you have not seen, but whom you love; and often
when you know it not, he makes your bed in your affliction, and smooths your
pillow for you. You are in poverty; but in that lonely house of yours that has
nothing to cover its bare walls, where you sleep on a miserable straw
mattress, you know that the Lord of life and glory is a frequent visitor; he
often treads those bare floors, and putting his hands upon those walls he
consecrates them! If you were in a palace he might not come there. He loves to
come into these desolate places that he may visit you. The Son of man is with
you, Christian.

For meditation:
There are some things that can only be proved in times of
trouble (Daniel 3:17,25,28,29; James 1:12; 1 Peter 1:6,7).

Charles Spurgeon
Sermon no. 35
12 August 1855


~Acts 1:8, Luke 9:23~

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