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August 3rd, 2015

Refined for His Glory

“For my name’s sake I defer my anger, for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you, that I may not cut you off. Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another.” Isaiah 48:9-11 (ESV)

The refining process is sometimes a painful one, but in the end it is worth it to better reflect the glory of God. The People of Israel forget their ultimate purpose in life: to represent God faithfully to the surrounding nations. The Lord, as a result, sent them through a period of refinement in order to remind them of their great need for Him and His ultimate control over all things. He would not allow His covenant people to transgress their promise and defame His holy name, which the Lord establishes as His chief concern. His holy name is the name by which we are saved. His holy name is the name to which every knee will bow and which every tongue will confess. His name represents the fullness of His being and we are not to take it nor our devotion to it in vain. We are to hold the name of God sacred and defend it, as He Himself does, for in His name is His glory upheld.

Would you give yourself completely to the Lord, allowing Him to shape and mold you into the image of Jesus through a refining process to better represent His name? Are you ok with walking through times of hardship and discipline for the sake of the glory of God?

If God’s chief concern is His name, then that should be our chief concern as well, and we should seek to bring glory to it regardless of the cost. He certainly spared no cost in pursuing and saving us.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Pastor of Mobilization & Young Adults (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, August 3rd, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Isaiah, Name of God, refine.
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August 3rd, 2012

Refined for His Glory

“For my name’s sake I defer my anger, for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you, that I may not cut you off. Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another.” Isaiah 48:9-11 (ESV)

The refining process is sometimes a painful one, but in the end it is worth it to better reflect the glory of God. The People of Israel forget their ultimate purpose in life: to represent God faithfully to the surrounding nations. The Lord, as a result, sent them through a period of refinement in order to remind them of their great need for Him and His ultimate control over all things. He would not allow His covenant people to transgress their promise and defame His holy name, which the Lord establishes as His chief concern. His holy name is the name by which we are saved. His holy name is the name to which every knee will bow and which every tongue will confess. His name represents the fullness of His being and we are not to take it nor our devotion to it in vain. We are to hold the name of God sacred and defend it, as He Himself does, for in His name is His glory upheld.

Would you give yourself completely to the Lord, allowing Him to shape and mold you into the image of Jesus through a refining process to better represent His name? Are you ok with walking through times of hardship and discipline for the sake of the glory of God?

If God’s chief concern is His name, then that should be our chief concern as well, and we should seek to bring glory to it regardless of the cost. He certainly spared no cost in pursuing and saving us.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 208:  Isaiah 44-48)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, August 3rd, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Isaiah, Name of God, refine.
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