The Furnace of Faith


The line was long and many were standing and waiting as Abraham the patriarch met with each one of them. He lead them one by one to a furnace. It seemed as if each person had to go into the furnace to be burned. As each person was processed they would see ‘the gold of their faith.’  Some had small gold nuggets about the size of a pearl and others in bigger sizes about a golf ball, it was not completely round but more a rock shape. Then after the firing for some there was no gold at all. The furnace would determine if faith had been in their life.

The Lord Himself would take the gold nugget and put it in His garden. He decorated His garden with the faith nuggets. Dearest wanted to know what her faith had looked like and asked the Lord to show her. He had shown her a golden rock the size of a cantaloupe that was in His garden surrounded by flowers that were smiling. The flowers were so alive, it seemed they had faces and could communicate. The garden was filled with flowers of all sorts and gold rocks and nuggets were placed about throughout the garden. She had asked the Lord if there were bigger gold rocks and He had shown her some gold rocks which were big enough to sit on. They stood out amongst the others. 

Abraham was called the father of faith and all spiritual Israel would be called his children, he was the one chosen to greet everyone at the furnace. Abraham had known faith way too well. It was that day that she had learned that some had such great faith as Abraham but would not see the promises of God to them while they were alive on earth. These walked with God and was lead by Him to fulfil God’s purposes on earth. The Lord lead her to look into a particular scripture. He had been trying to tell her something but at that time she had not understood.

“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” Hebrews‬ ‭11:8-13‬ ‭

Many who had walked with God died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them. Wow to walk in such faith to see what God promised but to never reach there while they lived on earth. 

The largest gold rocks in God’s garden were from the lives of those who had been martyred for there stand in God. With all these new revelations Dearest knew she had to re-evaluate all of her theology and succumb to all the new truths which had been shown to her. She had reflected upon a story about a man who was a preacher and a servant of God well known in the Christian circle of his days. He had gone to heaven and the Lord had taken him to this furnace. He had been a preacher and teacher of the word of God and served God in many projects and had done so much for the Lord. When his works had been put to the fire in the furnace there was no gold, not even a small nugget. How sad that must have been. All those years of serving and it amounted to nothing. With this knowledge and revelation his whole life had changed. He has now gone back to be with the Lord and surely this round God would have found gold in his life.

It had been a tough walk for Dearest and Heir, they like everyone else did not like to suffer, but they had come this far and could not turn back and in reality back to what?  Forward was the only way to go. They knew far to well that this was the path that God had chosen for them. There were too many confirmations which the Lord had given to them and going in any other direction would deviate them from the destiny God had for them.

Scene change:

The couple were on a cliff walking in the dark, both holding a small candle that gave just enough light to see where their feet would step. It was dark and no one else was to be seen. The path was narrow and rocky. There were times when they knew they were at the edge of the cliff, not seeing any other way they took a leap of faith and just stepped forward. Immediately another cliff would show up to catch them.  They walked as if they knew this would happen. Trusting in God as he lead them was all they had. This had been the stage in their life, cliff after cliff, edge after edge. This had been the path that faith had taken them. 

Note* To be continued…this a part of a chapter for this book/blog. To understand it, the author suggest you read the first post and work upward. It is a most amazing story. There are many hidden gems that will change your life as you read the book. The author will try to post something everyday. Please follow for a great journey. This is hot off the press of click and pen.

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