We wonder why all the suffering in the world.

  • Professor who was hit by a bus.
  • Young college student facing colon cancer.
  • A friend’s high school student fighting cancer.
  • Godly man facing jail time for helping a biological mother save her daughter.
  • Family with 9 children hit hard by mounting medical expenses because of a major auto accident.
  • Elementary child with cancer.

You probably know someone who is going through the “fire” right now.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven.”

This verse tells me there is a reason for every season – “a time for every purpose.” Whose purpose? Romans 8:28 gives us the answer to this question: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”

God is working through our circumstances and “fires” to accomplish something in us – sanctification. This word means “set apart as or declare holy, consecrate.” He wants us to become holy – more and more Christ-like every day. Our “fires” can achieve one of three results for our faith:

We can be delivered from the fire.

  • Our faith is built.

We can be brought through the fire.

  • Our faith is refined.

We can be delivered by the fire into His arms.

  • Our faith is perfected.

“Thank you, Father, for the promise of Your care during this season of my life. You have allowed this circumstance for a good reason. Help me to use this time appointed by You in a way that deepens my trust in You.”

My Daily Bread, March 20, 2018