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The Furnace of Affliction


Going down the long and windy tunnel of God’s fiery furnace, can be a daunting task. Just when it appears to be over, you turn the corner and encounter a greater degree of flame. At times, it can be hard to continue forward, when you carry the memory of the entire process. But you must know, there’s greater after this.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:8, ”blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Most times, I think we take this scripture quite literally and instantly picture life after death. But if you look deeper here, Jesus gave us a key to see God, while still alive. When we dare to enter the furnace of affliction, we allow our hearts to be purified. Purified in such a way, that our hearts now have eyes to see God.

Seeing God, is the difference between walking through life aimlessly and walking through it purposefully. It’s the difference between being empty and carrying fullness. It’s the difference between making an impact and constantly causing impact collisions.

You see, though the furnace of affliction may uncomfortably stretch you, it gives you a greater dimension of sight. A dimension that adds immense value to your life and the life of those around you.

Scripture(s) Meditation:

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”

Matthew 5:8 NIV

“See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.”

Isaiah 48:10 NIV

Song(s) Meditation: Refiner by Maverick City feat Chandler Moore & Steffany Gretzinger

To listen to today's song meditation, click here.

Reflection Question(s): We invite you to discuss below.

By far, what has been the hardest part of God’s furnace of affliction? What are some ways that difficulty has helped you to see more of God? How does this fresh revelation, change your perspective on being in the furnace?


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