HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“Wherefore glorify ye the Lord in the fires, even the name of the Lord God of Israel in the isles of the sea.” (Isaiah 24:15).
Mark the little word “in”! We are to honour Him in the trial ….. in that which is an affliction indeed and though there have been cases where God did not let His saints feel the fire, yet, ordinarily, fire hurts.
But just here we are to glorify Him by our perfect faith in His goodness and love that has permitted all this to come upon us.
And more than that, we are to believe that out of this is coming something more for His praise than could have come but for this fiery trial.
We can only go through some fires with a large faith; little faith will fail. We must have the victory in the furnace. What does the word of God tell us? “The trials of our faith worketh patience.” Can you believe it today and trust God to make this happen in your life?
A man has as much religion as he can show in times of trouble. The men who were cast into the fiery furnace came out as they went in–except their bonds. This goes to show you that God does not need our help to accomplish His purpose. He didn’t need a man to cut the bonds of those men in the furnace. You see, brethren, the same fire was a way of escape and that was in the will of God for the destiny of those men. Sometimes the things that people set up against us is the same thing God wants to use for our deliverance so He can be glorified.
How often in some furnace of affliction God strikes them off! Their bodies were unhurt–their skin not even blistered. Their hair was unsinged, their garments not scorched, and even the smell of fire had not passed upon them. And that is the way Christians should come out of furnace trials–liberated from their bonds, but untouched by the flames.
“And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” (Colossians 2:15).
That is the real triumph–triumphing over sickness, in it; triumphing over death, dying; triumphing over adverse circumstances, in them. Oh, believe me, there is a power that can make us victors in the strife. There are heights to be reached where we can look down and over the way we have come, and sing our song of triumph on this side of Heaven. We can make others regard us as rich, while we are poor, and make many rich in our poverty. Our triumph is to be in it. Christ’s triumph was in His humiliation. Possibly our triumph, also, is to be made manifest in what seems to others humiliation.
Is there not something captivating in the sight of a man or a woman burdened with many tribulations and yet carrying a heart as sound as a bell? Is there not something contagiously valorous in the vision of one who is greatly tempted, but is more than a conqueror? Is it not heartening to see some pilgrim who is broken in body, but who retains the splendour of unbroken patience? What a witness all this offers to the enduement of His grace!
Hallelujah, I am so happy and blessed by these words. I am thankful to Almighty God for His wisdom and grace, mercy and love to reach the hearts of many day by day. When all other fails there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Bless the Lord.