The Furnace of Adversity: Passing The Tests of Our Lives-

The Lord said, “See, I have refined you, but not like silver: I have tested you in the furnace of adversity.”

Isaiah 48:10

As firefighters we know the value and importance of being tested. We are tested regularly to ensure that our skills stay proficient, we are tested physically by the rigors of the job and the discipline of regular exercise, and we are tested when we have the opportunity for promotion.

A skills or written test is a controlled set of questions in a controlled setting and is nothing like the “furnace of adversity” that we may face in our lives as firefighters. We face stress, unknown variables, and often have to perform under harsh conditions. Though we sometimes fail, each test in our lives builds upon our experience, character, and trust. As a firefighter moves through the stages of their career from rookie to an experienced veteran we are not broken by adversity; we are strengthened by it. 

In all this, we have an example; the One we look to for our strength. One who has already suffered through every adversity that we could ever face. He has been there. He has been persecuted, left alone, and been mocked for doing what is right. 

Have you ever felt this way? So has He, and He overcame!

He held the line and persevered to the end dying on a cross out of His great love for us. His name is Jesus. He is the ultimate model of our calling and the very son of God. Come to him and be strengthened. He will “never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5)

Stay the course, pass the test, by holding on to Him.

God Bless,

Andy Starnes

Bringing Back Brotherhood Ministries 


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