“For My name’s sake I will defer My anger, And for My praise I will restrain it from you, So that I do not cut you off. Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
For My own sake, for My own sake, I will do it; For how should My name be profaned? And I will not give My glory to another.
God does not save us because we are good, He saves us because of His amazing love
and forgiving nature.
He loves us even though we don`t love Him back because His love does not depend on our loving Him! God is LOVE!
This verse shows us plainly that God tests us in the “furnace of affliction”, therefore we should, rather than complain, turn to God for the strength to endure and rejoice in our sufferings (Romans 5:3, James 1:2-4).
Without the testing we would never know what we are capable of doing, nor would we grow.
Without the refining we will not become more pure and more like Jesus.
“Come near to Me, hear this: I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; From the time that it was, I was there. And now the Lord God and His Spirit have sent Me.”
God`s message has been told plainly and clearly, not in secret.
We have a tendency to complicate God's message as we add to it.
When God talks through His messenger, whomever He has chosen, our job is to listen!
The closer we come to God, the better we can listen to what He says.
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go. Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river.
Peace and righteousness come to us as we obey God`s Word.
Refusing to pay attention to God`s commands invites punishment and threatens that peace and righteousness.
“There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.”
Many people cry out for comfort, security and relief, but they haven`t taken the first step to turn away from sin and open the channels to God.
They have not repented and trusted in Him. Sin separates us from God.
If you want true peace, seek God first. Then He will give you His peace!
(Resource: Application Study Bible)