Faith’s Checkbook

August 27
Choice Men
I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. (Isaiah 48:10)
This has long been the motto fixed before our eyes
upon the wall of our bedroom, and in many ways, it
has also been written on our hearts. It is no mean thing to be chosen by God. God’s choice makes
chosen men choice men. Better to be the elect of God than the elect of a whole nation. So eminent is
this privilege, that whatever drawback may be joined to it we very joyfully accept it, even as the Jew
ate the bitter herbs for the sake of the Paschal Lamb. We choose the furnace since God chooses us
in it.
We are chosen as afflicted people and not as prosperous people, chosen not in the palace but in
the furnace. In the furnace beauty is marred, fashion is destroyed, strength is melted, glory is
consumed, and yet here eternal love reveals its secrets and declares its choice. So has it been in our
case? In times of severest trial God has made to us our calling and election plain, and we have made
it sure: then have we chosen the Lord to be our God, and He has shown that we are assuredly His
chosen. Therefore, if today the furnace is heated seven times hotter, we will not dread it, for the
glorious Son of God will walk with us amid the glowing coals.

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