Refined by suffering & difficulty
Isaiah 47-49/John 1-2

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48:10-11 I have refined you but not in the way silver is refined. Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering. I will rescue you for my sake – yes, for my own sake! That way, the pagan nations will not be able to claim that their gods have conquered me. I will not let them have my glory!


1:16-18 We have all benefited from the rich blessings he brought to us – one gracious blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. But his only Son, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart; he has told us about him.

OT Flash Points

The counsel you get just wears you out
I will save you for my own sake
But you will be refined by suffering

NT Flash Points

Jesus’ life is the light to Man


Silence from God is a good sign, not a bad one
It means God trusts you to follow Him to deeper revelation and responsibility

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