I love the book by Bob Sorge called, Fire of Delayed Answers. I read it a few years ago, and just devoured it.
But the other morning as I was praying, I just felt such a need to re-read it.
So, I thought I would do a post on just a few quotes from his book.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
“There are certain things in the Kingdom, however, that are not given; they must be bought. Jesus talks about this in Revelation 3:18 when He says, “I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich.” First of all, what is this gold that is refined in the fire? The answer is two-fold:
1) This gold is a purified faith. “That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:7). When we survive the fire, we come out on the other side with a much stronger faith.
2) This gold is refined character. “But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10). In a word, this gold is Christlikeness. When fiery trials have effectively made us more like Jesus, then we have indeed gained true riches.
Notice that this gold is bought. We do not earn or deserve it, but we do pay a price for it. What is the price we pay to buy such valuable spiritual treasure? It is purchased at the cost of great personal pain. This gold is bought in the fire and is attained only as we persevere and endure through the fiery trials that God sens us. God’s purpose in allowing difficulties, tribulations, calamity, infirmity, persecutions, and hardship to come our way is that we might take advantage of the opportunity and buy gold. When the crisis explodes, God wants us to fix our focus on Him, find him in the adversity, and discover the Spirit’s pathway to renewed victory.
When the time of testing comes, and the fire is turned up in your life, you have a choice: You can give up (:Forget it, I can’t deal with this”), or you can go for the gold (“I’m going to press into the Lord now more than ever”).
When you buy gold in the fire of personal pain and calamity, it’s extremely precious in your eyes. That deepened character came to you at a great price.
Yes, God delivers us from all affliction, but sometimes He delays His provision in order to try us by fire. The delay itself is a fire ordained by God to produce a deep work in our hearts. God has a design for our deliverance, but He also has a purpose for the fiery delay. Make no mistake, delayed answers are a fire. When you’re in crisis and have His promise of deliverance, but there’s no change in sight, the heat can become very hot indeed! His purpose in the delay is to strengthen our faith, kindle our love to new depths of passion and maturity, and impart the heart and character of Christ to us – all in order to make us a more useful vessel.
Our lukewarmness has our faith in such a sickly condition that when these fires arise, we don’t have the faith to quench them. God’s intention is that when these fires blaze against us, that they challenge and provoke our faith. God has a design for our deliverance, but in the process, the fire of these distresses will have been used of God to renew and restore our faith to a refined purity and to incite our love to new depths of fervency and maturity. So see this clearly: The fiery distress you face is the mercy of God to you.
“Those who have only read but have not lived the book of Job cannot imagine the stress on a struggling human heart which, held powerless by His power, is still required to trust the love it cannot see and to pray for the friends who have not been friends at all.”
When we’re in the crucible, God doesn’t expect all of our responses to be perfect. The purpose of the crucible, after all, is to bring imperfections to the surface. God is big enough to handle our fears, frustrations, yearnings, anxieties, depression, anger, and self-pity. Job wasn’t perfect, and God had plenty of correction to bring to him. But God’s final verdict on Job is that he was a loyal and righteous servant. God’s pleasure is very evident in this man who had kept his face toward God through the greatest trial of his life.
Have distressing circumstances suddenly come into your life? Then you face a very weighty choice. Satan wants your pain to get you offended at God; God wants your pain to press you into His face with a fervency that will produce change in you. The very thing that Satan wants to use to cause you to pull away from God, God will use to cause you to get to know Him more intimately than ever before.
So….those of you who stuck with all the reading, I hope you enjoyed it even half as much as I have been.