Archive for August 3rd, 2017

In Isaiah 47 God had shown the Babylonians their sins, and now He turns to His own people to show them theirs.

 

God sets their sin before them so that they might know what their sin is and so ask for forgiveness. God tells them they are hypocritical – they call themselves God’s people, yet they worship idols. He assures them they could be forgiven if only they would ask. For His own Names sake, He would forgive them. God encourages them to depend purely on Him for their deliverance from what is coming, but if they choose to continue the way they are going, they will be taken into captivity by the Babylonians. In the final verse God tells them that they will be avenged eventually, but only after they have been refined.

 

In his first letter, chapter 1 verses 6 and 7, Peter talks about our faith being refined, not for the same reason as the Israelites, for being idolaters, but because we are followers of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are in a constant battle with the enemy of our souls, and He will do everything to try to separate us from God. Of course, this is not going to happen, because we belong to Christ, and He will never let us go – that bit is down to Him, not us, so we know we are safe; but it doesn’t stop Him from trying, and this can make life difficult for us.

 

Peter says that our faith is much more precious than gold, “and while we have had to suffer all kinds of grief in all kinds of trials, these have come so that the proven genuineness of our faith … may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed.”

 

We all suffer trials and grief, some of it our own making, some of it made by others, but if we stand fast in our Lord Jesus, we will be refined, and in that, become more like Him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Prayer: Lord Jesus, whatever comes my way today, help me to stand fast in You. Amen

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