This summer has been the hottest on record we are told. “The heat has been turned up so to speak!
In dealing with precious metals, much heat is applied to them and in the scriptures God also uses heat to purify His people.
Concerning the end times, God told the prophet Daniel in Daniel 12:10 “Many will be purified, and made white, and tried. But the wicked will do wickedly: and none of the wicked will understand; but the wise will understand.”
Also in Malachi 3:2: “But who will abide the day of His coming? And who will stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: And He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.”
Many Christians are feeling the spiritual heat with trials that seem to be intensified in these ‘end times.’ But, there is also a ‘refuge’ that we can go to during the heat of our trials and tests. God said He is our refuge.
Psalms 9:9, “The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.”
In order to get through these trials we must take refuge in God and Jesus Christ! And in dealing with these trials and tests there are many lessons that can be learned!
Jonah learned a valuable lesson through the heat God put him through!
You remember the story of the prophet Jonah where he was instructed to warn the city of Nineveh of their impending doom if they didn’t repent. He was swallowed up by a whale (that’s another story)! He ran from the calling that God had given him because he knew that God was merciful and would not destroy the city if they repented, but he wanted the city to be destroyed! it was a wicked city afterall! But after the city repented, he was angry and He sat on the top of a hill to watch what he hoped would happen to it and the heat was so intense that God provided a gourd to shade Jonah. The next morning God also allowed the gourd to wither up and die!
Jonah wanted to die because the heat was so unbearable!
God was teaching Jonah a great lesson through this ‘heat’. He had pity on a gourd that he had nothing to do with, but giving shade to him – selfish, but did not have pity on the city of Nineveh full of thousands of human beings and much cattle! he should have been pleased and thankful that Nineveh had repented!
He already knew but learned even more about God’s great mercy and compassion! Jonah 4:6-11
“Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which you havet not laboured, neither made it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: “And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?”
We want that same mercy and compassion in our lives, don’t we? Then we must show others mercy and provide shade for them!
In Psalms 121:1-8 David knew Who to call on in times of his distress!
“A Song of degrees” I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from whence comes my help.
My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. Behold, He that keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your Keeper. The LORD is your shade upon your right hand. The sun will not smite you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.”
For those going through the trial of losing a loved one, Carol Roach mental health examiner for dampfang.com has written several articles on how to help people deal with this grief: www.dampfang.com/mental-health-in-montreal/dealing-with-grief-and-loss-and-helping-others-article-series-conclusion
Look around you and see those who are going through their heated trials and tests. God wants us to learn to give the same mercy and compassion on them that He gives to us, especially to those having great difficulty in finding that refuge in their distress!
And then may the God of heaven and earth bless you with His ‘shade’!
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