Isaiah 48:10 - The Furnace of Affliction.

Isaiah 48:10 - The Furnace of Affliction.

Isaiah 48:10 (KJV) Behold, I have refined thee, but not with 
silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. 

Isaiah 48:10 (NKJV) Behold, I have refined you, but not as 
silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.  

Isaiah 48:10 (NLT) I have refined you but not in the way silver 
is refined. Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering. 


Not with silver. Preferably, "after the manner of silver," or 
"like silver." Israel was not to be refined with such intense heat as 
is needed for the purification of silver, for then she would have 
been utterly consumed. Israel was to be corrected only "in measure" 
(Jer. 30:11; Hosea 11:9), that is, only to the extent necessary to 
consume her filthiness and dross (see Eze. 22:15-22). [SDA Bible 

Chosen thee. Or, "proved thee," or "tried thee" (see Mal. 3:2, 
3). [SDA Bible Commentary] 


Comfort thyself, tried believer, with this thought: God saith, 
"I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction." Does not the 
word come like a soft shower, assuaging the fury of the flame? Yea, 
is it not an asbestos armour, against which the heat hath no power? 
Let affliction come-God has chosen me. Poverty, thou mayst stride in 
at my door, but God is in the house already, and he has chosen me. 
Sickness, thou mayst 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. If, believer, thou requirest still greater comfort, remember 
that you have the Son of Man with you in the furnace. In that silent 
chamber of yours, there sitteth by your side One whom thou hast not 
seen, but whom thou lovest; and ofttimes when thou knowest it not, he 
makes all thy bed in thy affliction, and smooths thy pillow for thee. 
Thou art in poverty; but in that lovely house of thine the Lord of 
life and glory is a frequent visitor. He loves to come into these 
desolate places, that he may visit thee. Thy friend sticks closely to 
thee. Thou canst not see him, but thou mayst feel the pressure of his 
hands. Dost thou not hear his voice? Even in the valley of the shadow 
of death he says, "Fear not, I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I 
am thy God." Remember that noble speech of Caesar: "Fear not, thou 
carriest Caesar and all his fortune." Fear not, Christian; Jesus is with 
thee. In all thy fiery trials, his presence is both thy 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." Wilt thou not, then, take fast 
hold of Christ, and say- 
   "Through floods and flames, if Jesus lead,
   I'll follow where he goes." [Morning and Evening by Charles 
H. Spurgeon] 

   Many who sincerely consecrate their lives to God's service 
are surprised and disappointed to find themselves, as never before, 
confronted by obstacles and beset by trials and perplexities. They pray for 
Christlikeness of character, for a fitness for the Lord's work, and they are 
placed in circumstances that seem to call forth all the evil of their 
nature. Faults are revealed of which they did not even suspect the 
existence. Like Israel of old they question, "If God is leading us, why do 
all these things come upon us?" {MH 470.2} 
   It is because God is leading them that these things come upon 
them. Trials and obstacles are the Lord's chosen methods of discipline 
and His appointed conditions of success. He who reads the hearts of 
men knows their characters better than they themselves know them. He 
sees that some have powers and susceptibilities which, rightly 
directed, might be used in the advancement of His work. In His providence 
He brings these persons into different positions and varied 
circumstances that they may discover in their character the defects which have 
been concealed from their own knowledge. He gives them opportunity to 
correct these defects and to fit themselves for His service. Often He 
permits the fires of affliction to assail them that they may be 
purified.  {MH 471.1} 
   The fact that we are called upon to endure trial shows that 
the Lord Jesus sees in us something precious which He desires to 
develop. {MH 471.2} 

We grow in our understanding through difficulties, as God opens 
to us that which we could not have understood with any other 
background or in any other set of circumstances.  Our assurance as children 
of the Living God is that He is able to bring beauty from ashes and 
to give the "oil of joy" for the spirit of mourning (Isa.61:3).  
And, in addition, He refines, purifies, proves, and causes to grow in 
us something very precious and lasting in our attitudes toward Him 
and in our actions to other human beings.  As He removed the hedge 
protecting Job (or any one of us) he is also able to give us the grace to 
come through the onslaught that follows.  However, there is much more 
than just "coming through," still hanging on to our trust and love of 
God.  There is a "coming through," with a shinier, more gleaming 
sheen on our surface.  We have the possibility during the hard time to 
have skimmed off more of the specks and scum which are hindering the 
more beautiful reality of love, joy, peace, long-suffering, and 
meekness.  [Edith Schaeffer; Time with God SB] 

The very trials that task our faith most severely and make it 
seem that God has forsaken us, are to lead us closer to Christ, that 
we may lay all our burdens at His feet and experience the peace 
which He will give us in exchange.  {PP 129.2} 

If you resist, the fire will burn you and make you hard; if you 
submit, the fire will purify you and make you tender. [Chapter by 
Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren Wiersbe] 


The Potter and the Clay

The potter takes the clay and molds it according to his will. He 
kneads it and works it. He tears it apart and presses it together. He 
wets it and then dries it. He lets it lie for a while without 
touching it. When it is perfectly pliable, he continues the work of 
making of it a vessel. He forms it into shape and on the wheel trims 
and polishes it. He dries it in the sun and bakes it in the oven. 
Thus it becomes a vessel fit for use. So the great Master Worker 
desires to mold and fashion us. And as the clay is in the hands of the 
potter, so are we to be in His hands. We are not to try to do the work 
of the potter. Our part is to yield ourselves to be molded by the 
Master Worker.  {MH 471.3} 

The Caged Bird

In the full light of day, and in hearing of the music of other 
voices, the caged bird will not sing the song that his master seeks to 
teach him. He learns a snatch of this, a trill of that, but never a 
separate and entire melody. But the master covers the cage, and places it 
where the bird will listen to the one song he is to sing. In the dark, 
he tries and tries again to sing that song until it is learned, and 
he breaks forth in perfect melody. Then the bird is brought forth, 
and ever after he can sing that song in the light. Thus God deals 
with His children. He has a song to teach us, and when we have 
learned it amid the shadows of affliction we can sing it ever afterward. 
 {MH 472.2} 

Helping the Moth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3C4S9-wrHk

It's In The Valleys I Grow: http://llerrah.com/dreams.htm 


It is better we should not know our future.  If we did, we 
should often spoil God's plan for our life.  If we could see into 
tomorrow and know the troubles it will bring, we might be tempted to seek 
some way of avoiding them, while really they are God's way to new 
honor and blessing.  God's thoughts for us are always thoughts of 
love, good, promotion; but sometimes the path to the hilltop lies 
through dark valleys or up rough paths.  Yet to miss the hard bit of 
road is to fail of gaining the lofty height.  It is better, 
therefore, to walk, not knowing, with God, than it would be to see the way 
and choose for ourselves.  God's way for us is always better than 
our own.  [J. R. Miller; Time with God SB] 

   Recovery is truly a purification process in our lives.  
First, we abstain from our drug or relationship and our systems become 
clean from the effect of the chemicals or people.  The long-term 
purification continues as our souls are purged from character defects, 
destructive thought patterns, and attitudes that hinder us.  Then we clear 
up the offenses of the past through our inventory, confession and 
making amends. 
   As we allow God to do the deep inner work of changing us, he 
will purify us in our spirits through whatever fire or cleansing 
water he feels is necessary.  And in his compassion he will not allow 
us to be consumed or drowned by his methods of purification.  
Instead, he will enable us to experience true freedom from the guilt and 
shame of our past.  [Barbara Stephens; Recovery Devotional SB]