God’s Instrument of Suffering

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God’s Thoughts to Me

Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18, NLT).

It is being tested as fire tests gold – though your faith is far more precious than mere gold (1 Peter 1:7, NLT).

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

Growing in Grace : The Refiner’s Fire

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My black South African countrymen are all born musicians. Music and rhythm are an integral part of their DNA- structure.

When they sing together, their voices become an orchestra, playing the most melodious music. Adding any other musical instrument will just scar a perfect symphony, for their voices are all the instruments they need.

It reminds me so much of the slaves of the 18th century in America, singing together while working on the fields of the rich landowners before slavery was abolished.

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Daniel Day Lewis has just won the Oscar for the best actor in the movie, Lincoln. It tells the story of his untiring, relentless efforts to abolish such a detestable practice.

I am reminded of their labouring together under a sweltering sun, singing to their Pappa their songs of lament, yet trusting in His goodness, love and provision.

Who can forget that symphony of their voices as they sang the beautiful song of the once slave-trader-turned-saint, John Newton’s, Amazing Grace.

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Yet, those poor people knew suffering, but also that their Pappa was in their midst like He promised,” For He has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy. He has not turned His back on them, but has listened to their cries for help (Psalm 22:24)”.

I am again reminded how our Pappa uses suffering and adversity as the instruments to discipline His beloved children and will use even the worst suffering the enemy inflicts upon us to our advantage and good when we come to Him.

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Nature often tells us the story of how grass and vegetation are the most luscious in the heart of the valleys.

In the same manner, our faith and trust flourishes in the Valley of Weeping. Our weeping becomes the instrument our Pappa uses to lead us to a place of refreshing springs where the autumn rains will clothe us with His blessings (Psalm 84:6).

We see how gold and silver are refined in a furnace, how abrasion polishes metal, how a pearl is formed in the seclusion of an oyster from a single grain of sand.

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We see how heat strengthens and tempers steel and even how boiling water brings out the flavor of tea (Dr Rick Ferguson, The Sermon Index).

But we also see how the once barren trees are clothed in the most beautiful royal robes of splendor once the winter has passed.

And once we have gone through the refiner’s fire of suffering, we emerge like a butterfly arrayed in the colors of His love … His life … His glory. We are stripped of our old nature to be clothed in the splendor of His righteousness.

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Then, and only then, are we released from the slavery of this world of darkness to live in the beauty and liberty of His eternal Kingdom of Light … to live in His Loving Embrace.

Much love xx

Mia

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14 thoughts on “God’s Instrument of Suffering

    • Hi Brandee
      Those are wise words. Did you guys go to see the filming of Lincoln? Daniel Day Lewis is one of my favorite actors and soooo good looking!
      Much love
      Mia

  1. I find much hope and love in this post even with its examples of suffering and slavery. I just rewatched the movie Amazing Grace, the story of abolishing slavery in England. fascinating story of struggle and perseverance. Just smile at your response to Dolly – Pappa doesn’t waste a single tear. I love that!!

    Blessings friend Mia and I am so blessed we have met across the internet

    • Dear Dolly
      Oh, yes, our Pappa doesn’t waste a single tear. I can just see the angels bringing our jars with tears to His throne of grace, spilling it before Him as a sweet smelling sacrifice of wordless prayers!
      Much love, sweet friend
      Mia

    • Dear Tanya
      What fills me with so much wonder is how our Lord has made provision for complete redemption. One day, sweet friend, we will be with Him with no more pain and suffering. For a little while, we must still endure this enemy territory that can so easily bind us in chains again.
      Much love
      Mia

  2. This post is such a contrast to one I read earlier, which was trying to push people into utilizing their writing talents because their stories needed to be told, but which was so “think positively” and the urgings of a “motivational speaker”, that it was hard for me to see God within the prodding lines. It was hard to keep from feeling like the blogger would think me a failure because I didn’t push harder. As if the only way to serve God was to be bold, take risks, forget the fears, and just “do” the work. Ah, if they only tried harder.

    Thank you for this approach, Mia. .As a person with chronic illnesses, positive thinking isn’t a route to “doing more”. But that God would care for me in the midst of my suffering, or that he’s shaping me through my suffering, now that can encourage me that my life isn’t being wasted. Thanks again.

    • Dear Marilee
      I know how you feel not being able to run in the world’s ratrace. But it is all a lie, dear one, for it will come to an end when our Lord will give us bodies without pain and illness. It sounds so noble to do and do and do ….. But it is not God’s way. He invites us to rest in Him, allowing Him to be Anchor of our souls. He can heal us in a wink, but why should He when He works out even this illness for our good and His glory. It is not easy, actually, it is downright very difficult, but one day we will stand before His throne of grace and hear Him say,”Well done, my faithful servant”.
      Much love
      Mia

    • Hi Ruth
      Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. Oh, we need to realize that He loves us by refining us through suffering.
      Much love XX
      Mia

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