Glorify ye the Lord in the fires. (Isaiah 24: 15 KJV)
Notice the little word “in”! We are to honor the Lord in the trial— in the very thing that afflicts us. And although there are examples where God did not allow His saints to even feel the fire, usually the fire causes pain.
It is precisely there, in the heat of the fire, we are to glorify Him. We do this by exercising perfect faith in His goodness and love that has permitted this trial to come upon us. Even more, we are to believe that out of the fire will arise something more worthy of praise to Him than had we never experienced it.
To go through some fires will take great faith, for little faith will fail. We must win the victory in the furnace.
A person has only as much faith as he shows in times of trouble. The three men who were thrown into the fiery furnace came out just as they went in— except for the ropes that had bound them. How often God removes our shackles in the furnace of affliction!
These three men walked through the fire unhurt— their skin was not even blistered. Not only had the fire “not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them” (Dan. 3: 27).
This is the way Christians should come out of the furnace of fiery trials— liberated from their shackles but untouched by the flames.
Triumphing over them in it. Colossians 2: 15 KJV
This is the real triumph— triumphing over sickness in it, triumphing over death in dying, and triumphing over other adverse circumstances in them. Believe me, there is a power that can make us victors in the conflict.
There are heights we can reach where we can look back over the path we have come and sing our song of triumph on this side of heaven. We can cause others to regard us as rich, while we are poor, and make many rich in our poverty. We are to triumph in it.
Christ’s triumph was in His humiliation. And perhaps our triumph will also be revealed through what others see as humiliation.
Isn’t there something captivating about the sight of a person burdened with many trials, yet who is as lighthearted as the sound of a bell? Isn’t there something contagious and valiant in seeing others who are greatly tempted but are “more than conquerors” (Rom. 8: 37)? Isn’t it heartening to see a fellow traveler whose body is broken, yet who retains the splendor of unbroken patience?
What a witness these give to the power of God’s gift of grace!
~John Henry Jowett
When each earthly brace falls under,
And life seems a restless sea,
Are you then a God-held wonder,
Satisfied and calm and free?
Cowman, L. B. E.; Reimann, Jim (2008-09-09). Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings (p. 141). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.