In the Fires

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” ‘Glorify ye the Lord in the fires’ Isaiah 24:15 (ESV), not when they have passed or you are out of them and they are only memories, but in them.”

~Amy Carmichael, 1867-1951

When we’re going through trials, we cannot be so focused on the “fire” that we neglect that greater Light. It’s important that we stay in God’s word – remembering that the encouragement that threads through the Bible was put there for strugglers like us.

“Some, though dead to the world, have not that joy in God which it is their privilege to possess. They meditate too much upon their own infirmities, and too little upon the perfections and promises of their God.

O brethren, look at God as the God of salvation, as the God of your salvation, and you shall have your fears turned into confidence, and your sorrows into thanksgiving and the voice of melody.”

~Charles Simeon from his sermon titled “The Christian’s Boast” from Habakkuk 3:17-18. Read the entire message here.


“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

God, the Lord, is my strength; He makes my feet like the deer’s; He makes me tread on my high places.”

~Habakkuk 3:17-18 (ESV)

Eliza Spurgeon

Eliza Spurgeon’s prayer life made a strong impression on her son, Charles, and her husband, John.

It’s encouraging to read about and see first hand the heart of godly moms for their children – and their God.

“Never could it be possible for any man to estimate what he owes a godly mother.

Certainly I have not the powers of speech to set forth my valuation of the choice blessing which the Lord bestowed on me in making me the son of one who prayed for me, and prayed with me.

How can I ever forget her tearful eye when she warned me to escape from the wrath to come?

How can I ever forget when she bowed her knee, and with her arms about my neck, prayed, ‘Oh, that my son might live before Thee!’ ”

~Charles Spurgeon, 1834-1892

“As I came home one evening and went upstairs, I heard the voice of his mother pleading for her boy Charles, and talking to him and the others, and pouring her heart out in prayer in such a way as I never did in my life, and as I never heard before.

It is for the encouragement  of mothers that I mention this, that you may pray for your children, for God is a prayer-hearing God, and a prayer-answering God.”

~John Spurgeon, 1811-1902


I stumbled across those thoughts on a website called The Bible Truth Chat Room. I don’t know enough about the site to recommend it. I was just encouraged by what I read there from the Spurgeons.