Scripture - Isaiah 48:10, 

Tested and tried believer, there is comfort in knowing that our God is the One who refines and tests us. These words are like a fresh spring shower putting out the flames of life’s fiery fires of daily afflictions. We must practice the very principles we teach and preach. Let afflictions come; God has chosen me. Let poverty knock; God is still in my house; He has chosen me. Sickness may be the intruder, but my balm is God who has chosen me. Whatever may come my way in this valley of tears and fears, I know that God has chosen me.

In this life of much discomfort, there is comfort in knowing and remembering that Jesus, the only begotten Son of the Almighty God is with us.  He is with us just as He was with the three Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace. In your silent room, there is One sitting beside you who loves you though you have never seen Him. It is He who makes your bed, softens your pillow and comforts you in your afflictions. Yes, even to the poor and lonely, the God of mercy and grace is with you. Isn’t it calming to know that He will meet us in our desolate and distant places? He is always close, even when we cannot feel His presence. If we listen closely, we can hear the sound of His voice softly speaking in our ear. Rest in my arms, “cast your cares upon me, for I care for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Even when we walk through the valleys and shadows of life’s uncertainties, He says to us, “fear not, for I am with you, I have chosen you. Be not dismayed for I am your God” (Isaiah 41:9-10)

Do you recall the great speech of Julius Caesar? “Fear not, you carry Caesar and all his fortune” Well, fear not dear Christian; One greater than Caesar is with you. His presence is both our reassurance and our safety in all of our fiery trials. He will never leave one saint that He has chosen for His own!

When we are in the furnace of afflictions, His word of promise is: Fear not I have chosen you and I am with you. Today, take hold of Christ’s promise and say, “Through the floods or flames of this life, if Jesus goes with me, I’ll go anywhere; where He leads me I will follow!”

 Tell somebody about Jesus today. Pray for all Pastors. Remember, we are one at the throne (1 Thess. 5:17).

— Sister Catherine Raphael