The New King James reads,
Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver;
I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
For My own sake, for My own sake, I will do it;
For how should My name be profaned?
And I will not give My glory to another.
The New Living Translation reads,
I have refined you, but not as silver is refined.
Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering.
I will rescue you for my sake—
yes, for my own sake!
I will not let my reputation be tarnished,
and I will not share my glory with idols!
Facing suffering and being in the furnace of affliction is not a novelty, it is nothing new anymore and it did not begin with the COVID-19. It began with the fall of man in the garden of Eden. 2020 has been an unprecedented year, the icing on the cake (so to speak) where the whole world is facing an invisible and unseen virus. This virus has hit every sector, shaken every core and forced everyone to get out of our comfort zones without refusal or without saying no.
Light at the End of the Tunnel
But, there is always Light at the end of the tunnel. Light always prevails over darkness and that is the absolute Truth!
This is the season to believe in the Light, the Invisible God who is our faithful Father, our Faith, our Friend and Saviour, not our enemy. The enemy meant suffering and afflictions for bad BUT GOD, will turnaround this temporary situation for our good. He will help us to step out in faith and build His Kingdom, make impact and touch the world, and to be His hands and feet.
We are being refined for God’s reputation and glory. This is the time to declare that Jesus saves and Jesus’ love is free. He will meet you right where you are at today. For we have been forged in fire for a great future filled with God’s unfailing promises.
Be encouraged, the best is yet to come!