The Chisel in God’s Hands

When you are going through challenging times one of the most important things is to find a healthy perspective on your changing circumstances. This isn’t always easy, but it is necessary. We may not like what we are going through but it helps to believe that something good will come of it and that somehow we will be better off because of it. I would think the mother might endure the pains of birthing better with the knowledge that a new life is on the way and that her new baby will soon be here. Even so, in all of life the pain of what we are passing through needs to be informed by the knowledge of what is coming too!

Billy Graham once shared a valuable story that helps us to grasp this important idea: I have a friend who during the Great Depression lost his job, a fortune, a wife, and a home. But he tenaciously held to his faith—the only thing he had left. One day he stopped to watch some men doing stonework on a huge church. One of them was chiseling a triangular piece of stone. “What are you going to do with that?” asked my friend. The workman said, “See that little opening way up there near the spire? Well, I’m shaping this down here, so it will fit up there.”

Tears filled the eyes of my friend as he walked away, for it seemed that God had spoken through the workman to explain his ordeal through which he was passing, “I’m shaping you down here, so you’ll fit in up there.”

We all share in the experience of adversity for it is God who is using this to shape us for eternity. Though it may not come the same for all, it will certainly come to all. It will come one way or another, sooner or later, but it will come and serve a higher purpose. The Apostle Paul explained it this way: “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them. For God knew His people in advance, and He chose them to become (shaped) like His Son…” (Romans 8:28-29 NLT).

This means, as God’s children, we are under construction and the tools of our Designer/Builder include the chisel of adversity. The impact of this tool does not usually feel good but it is always for our good. So, despite everything, we can have a strong faith. We can hold on to a full expectation of a glorious realization. Even further, with this knowledge, we can surely heed the instructions of Paul who said: “Therefore we not lose heart! Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed every day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).

Take heart my friend, as you better understand how the chisel in God’s hands is shaping your life for a glorious future!

Devotedly yours,

Pastor Ron

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