by Dr. Charles Stanley
Sunday August 21, 2005
What It Means To Follow ChristPsalm 37
Charles Spurgeon wrote: "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 may stride in at my door; but God is in the house already, and He has chosen me. Sickness may intrude; but I have a balsam ready – God has chosen me. Whatever befalls 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 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.’"
Does your situation include seeking God’s direction? Or perhaps it is a position of disappointment and heaviness. God has chosen you as His beloved. He will not leave you without hope. Even if it feels as though you are trapped in the furnace of affliction, God remains beside you.
The fires of His furnace are only used to refine and prepare those He intends to use greatly. So rejoice in times of difficulty. God is preparing you for great blessing. Take courage; He is teaching you to trust Him even when the way before you appears blocked.
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