Trials, hardships, detours etc. are all part of God’s way of refining His children so that we can bring even more glory to His name. If we respond as we ought, we will receive the guaranteed blessings on the other side of our trials. If we don’t, we risk losing the blessing and/or extending the length of our trials, just like the Israelites and their 40-yr journey in the wilderness which should have taken less than a year. Specifically in Isaiah 48:10-11, it says that it is in the furnace of affliction that God tests and chooses His true children…(continue reading).