I will make you into a threshing sledge, new and sharp. (Isaiah 41: 15)
Around the turn of the twentieth century, a bar of steel was worth about $ 5. Yet when forged into horseshoes, it was worth $ 10; when made into needles, its value was $ 350; when used to make small pocketknife blades, its worth was $ 32,000; when made into springs for watches, its value increased to $ 250,000. What a pounding the steel bar had to endure to be worth this much! But the more it was shaped, hammered, put through fire, beaten, pounded, and polished, the greater its value.
May we use this analogy as a reminder to be still, silent, and long-suffering, for it is those who suffer the most who yield the most. And it is through pain that God gets the most out of us, for His glory and for the blessing of others.
Oh, give Your servant patience to be still,
And bear Your will;
Courage to venture wholly on Your arm
That will not harm;
The wisdom that will never let me stray
Out of my way;
The love that, now afflicting, yet knows best
When I should rest.
Our life is very mysterious. In fact, it would be totally unexplainable unless we believed that God was preparing us for events and ministries that lie unseen beyond the veil of the eternal world— where spirits like tempered steel will be required for special service.
The sharper the Craftsman’s knives, the finer and more beautiful His work.
Cowman, L. B. E.; Reimann, Jim (2008-09-09). Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings (p. 401). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.