[Y]ou have the Son of Man with you in the furnace.
“I have chosen you in the furnace of affliction.” Isaiah 48:10.
In that silent bedchamber of yours, there sits by your side one whom you have not seen but whom you love. And oftentimes when you know it not, He makes all your bed in your affliction and smoothes your pillow for you.
You are in poverty.
But in that lonely house of yours, that has nothing to cover its bare walls—where you sleep on a miserable pallet—do you know that the Lord of life and glory is a frequent visitor?
He often treads those bare floors and putting His hands upon those walls, He consecrates them!
Were you in a palace He might not come there.
He loves to come into these desolate places where He may visit you.
The Son of Man is with you, Christian.
You cannot see Him, but you may feel the pressure of His hands. Do you not hear His voice?
It is the Valley of the Shadow of Death—you see nothing, but He says,
“Fear not, I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God.”
It is like that noble speech of Caesar’s, “Fear not, you carry Caesar and all his fortune.”
Fear not, Christian!
You carry Jesus in the same boat with you, and all His fortune!
He is with you in the same fire; the same fire that scorches you, scorches Him; that which could destroy you, could destroy Him, for you are a portion of the fullness of Him that fills all-in-all.
Will you not take hold of Jesus, then, and say—
“Through floods and flames, if Jesus leads,
I’ll follow where He goes”?
Feeling that you are safe in His hands, will you not laugh even death to scorn, and triumph over the sting of the grave because Jesus Christ is with you?
God’s People in the Furnace, Sermon 35 – Charles Haddon Spurgeon