“The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold; but the Lord trieth the hearts,” (Prov. 17: 3). If God has allowed any of us to be put into what seems like a furnace, are we to conclude that all will be lost?
It might have looked in Daniel’s time as though the furnace were going to consume all. It was “exceeding hot,” and three men bound were thrown into the middle of it. But what was the result? “Four men loose” — “the furnace for gold”!
To an afflicted one, tossed with tempest and not comforted, God says in Isaiah 54, “Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work.” Be encouraged, the furnace is not for nothing, and the One who created the smith that makes the furnace hotter knew what He was doing. Has some dear friend distressed you greatly ? Do you feel that someone has no idea what heart suffering he or she has added to your life? Perhaps even your bodily strength and mental ability have been reduced by it . . . Let me say again feelingly—”the furnace for gold.”