Isa 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me

Sunday, August 7, 2016

We Are Both In The Furnace!

Mal 3:3  And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.

Well, dear friend, we are both in the furnace!  

Much, very much vile dross has in my case risen up but my blessed and patient Refiner sits watching the process.

Nor does all this dross, hateful as it is, make Him forsake the work of His hands.

He will have me know a little of what is in my heart...that I may know more of what is in His heart-even love, most invincible, unalterable,
unquenchable love!

Love which endures to the end, amidst all my wickedness, and wandering, and ingratitude.

It is indeed astonishing!

Into the blessed depths of this love I desire to be daily sinking, in all the fresh discoveries of my utter worthlessness and vileness-that thus I may praise Him more who has redeemed me from it all!

The Lord does not show us how bad we are to cause despair...but to show forth the riches of His grace in saving us, and to call forth new songs of praise to Him who loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood!

Oh, my dear friend, Jesus is worthy to be praised in the depths as well as in the heights. 

He is near, and dear, and precious in the hour of affliction.

In the path of tribulation, He gives some of His choicest fruits and wines-to revive those who are faint and weary in the wilderness.

Oh! may you be helped, yes enabled, "to trust in the Lord at all times" not only when you feel His love and have the shine of His countenance-but also in the dark and wintry day when clouds veil your sky, and sorrow invades your soul.

When I am afraid, I will trust in You.

~Ruth Bryan~

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