Furnace

Christ leads those who suffer to       perfection. Though He was the Son of God, He learned obedience by the       things that He suffered, and transformed suffering, showing that it was an       elembic, a purifying furnace, a means of discipline, strength, and       ennoblement. If we are thrust into the fiery furnace we shall find the Son       of God walking at our side, and shall emerge without our bonds, and with       no smell of fire upon us. Jesus is the Leader of a long procession of       martyrs and sufferers. He leads through no darker rooms than He went       through before; He knows exactly how much we can bear, and will not test       us beyond our strength. He is with us “all the days,” and will help us to       learn obedience, faith, and hope, as we follow in His footsteps.

(F.B. Meyer)

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