The Furnace of Affliction
The COVID-19 pandemic, and all the consequences that we are feeling right now, makes it feel like we are passing through a furnace. The prophet Isaiah tells us that God uses seasons like this to refine us. While the process is painful, the results will be good. At the same time, this is not a season to be passive. God is looking for us to live by faith in our time of trial and trust him for his purposes to be fulfilled.