A word of encouragement for those who feel pummeled by life. Be not discouraged, oh beloved of God, He is nigh unto thee and His purposes for your life will prevail as you cry to Him and commit Your way to the Lord. Just as a flower can grow and bloom out of a tumultuous environment of sticks, weeds, leaves, and other debris that would try to impede it from fulfilling its created purpose and destiny of beauty, so too the Lord strengthens you to stand in all He has created y0u to be and do. Lift your head, be not discouraged by time or intensity, for the Lord will move on your behalf.
How hard the enemy has tried to foil you into believing you have no worth to Me. How hard you have been fought and denied, and rejected, and harshly treated is how important you are to Me and how key is your purpose. I refined you in the furnace of affliction. The furnace does not burn hot without purpose, when the refining fires have done their work then the vessel is tempered and ready for use.
“You have never heard; you have never understood; for a long time your ears have not been open. For I knew how deceitful you are; you have been called a rebel from birth. For the sake of My name I will delay My wrath; for the sake of My praise I will restrain it, so that you will not be cut off. See, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. For My own sake, My very own sake, I will act; for how can I let Myself be defamed? I will not yield My glory to another.”