“…I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’and they will say
‘The Lord is our God.’” Zechariah 13:9
FINDING PEACE IN THE MIDST OF SUFFERING
"And these are but the outer fringe of His works;
How faint the whisper we hear of Him!
Who then can understand the thunder o His power!"
God's power and ways are immeasurable, far beyond our comprehension. We will never fully understand them this side of heaven. We don't understand His ways that allow us to suffer. And why we must praise God no matter what is happening in our lives. We should praise Him in the midst of suffering because it strengthens us and refines our faith in Him. Trials, hardships, and pain serve to strengthen not only the individual, but also a society or nation. How much more should we praise God when we know for certain that God loves us, has a purpose, and is working out His plan through every experience.
Our suffering can be compared to the refining process of silver. The heat is turned up, and as the impurities rise to the surface they are skimmed away by the refiner. Because God is Sovereign, nothing that happens to us surprises Him. And as difficult as it is to accept sometimes, God even allows His children to suffer.
It is In those times of suffering that we may feel as if were on a roller coaster, going up and down as we wonder why God would allow us to endure such pain. Yet if we draw close to Him, we will have a sense of peace, knowing He is in control of the situation. In spite of all that Job went through, he never doubted God's unlimited power. Job said that God's power terrified him. (Referring to God's ability to calm a raging storm)
So even in the midst of turmoil and grief, praise God for the path He has chosen for you and for His refining power and love. When the heat is on, allow the Refiner to purify your soul.