People Are Watching

Non-Christians who know you and know what you’re experiencing can see the reality of your God.   They’re waiting to see.  What will they see when we experience hardship, loss, and suffering?  May we be like those three Hebrew boys thrown into the furnace:

That was what convinced the king: when he saw that the three children could walk in the midst of the fiery furnace and not be touched, the king was mightily convinced by this, that surely their God was the great God indeed, and that they were highly beloved of their God who could walk in the midst of the furnace and not be touched, whereas the others who came only to the mouth of the furnace were devoured. So when a Christian can walk in the midst of fiery trials, without his garments being singed, and has comfort and joy in the midst of everything (when like Paul in the stocks he can sing, which wrought upon the jailor) it will convince men, when they see the power of grace in the midst of afflictions. When they can behave themselves in a gracious and holy manner in such afflictions as would make others roar: Oh, this is the glory of a Christian. -Jeremiah Burroughs, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment

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