with Pastor Jon Courson

Bible and Menora
Daily Devotional
September 23
For my name’s sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off. Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? And I will not give my glory unto another.
Isaiah 48:9-11
“I deferred My anger toward My people for My name’s sake,” the Lord declares. “I wanted to refine you in the furnace of affliction, but found no silver.” What a tragic indictment for God to level at His people: “You wouldn’t let the fiery furnace, the hard trials, purify you. Therefore, no silver was found.”

Sometimes we wonder why we face one affliction after another. Could it be it’s because we’re not learning our lesson? Could it be that we’re so stubborn that the Lord has to continually take us through the fire of affliction? Has the Lord been speaking to you about some issue? Is there something the Lord has told you needs to be changed but about which you persistently say, “Maybe later, Lord”? We all go through fiery trials and many are absolutely mandated. But, as we watch the people of Israel, we see that other trials are the result of our own stubbornness concerning lessons God wants to teach.

This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Day of Feasting" by Pastor Jon. "A Day of Feasting" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Joshua through Malachi.If you would like your own copy of "A Day of Feasting" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store.