It never ceases to amaze me when God gives me a Word just when I need it. Pastor's sermon was on the Hebrew children in the fiery furnace, Daniel 3:19-25. We will never know the blessings of God until He is preeminent in our lives.
He also read Isaiah 48:10 "Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of the affliction." God chooses us to face our trials. He chooses our afflictions. Through our trials and our afflictions, He refines us. Others will see Jesus through us, if we refuse to bow to our afflictions.
So many times people will use their affliction and trial as an excuse for not going to church or for not serving, or for not doing whatever it is the Lord would will for their lives.
But God's choice makes chosen men, choice men! <---I like that!! Our afflictions will keep us humble. Our afflictions will keep us holy. God can not fellowship with His children if they are in sin. The Hebrew children were thrown into the furnace, but who did they see in the fire with them? JESUS! God will elevate us in our trials. There is no reason to worry. Worry does not help our circumstance. Be willing to allow God to afflict you so that He can use you!
This is our ladies trio singing at the revival Pastor preached at the other week.