12 jun. 2017

All things for good

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

In Paris
I stood once in Paris, where the stone is soft and where the building blocks are cut not on the ground, but in their places on the tops of the doors and about the windows.I saw the work going forward on some of the public buildings, where lions, and eagles, and wreaths of flowers were being carved. Men stood with little chisels and mallets, cutting, and cutting, and cutting the stone, here and there.

Suppose one of these blocks of stone, when it first mounts into its place, is told that it is to be a royal lion, and it is to decorate a magnificent structure. The workman commences, and after working one day the head is rudely shaped, but you can barely tell what it is. The next day he brings out one ear. The third day he opens one eye. And so, day after day, some new part is added. The stone complains, and asks if the operation is to be an everlasting one; but the work goes on. And you cannot get anything out of stone except by myriads of blows continued until the work is done.

Why? How long?
I hear people say: "Why am I afflicted?"
For your good
I hear people say: "How long shall I be afflicted?" 
Until you cease to ask how long. Until God's work is done in you.

God will go on chiselling as long as it is necessary, in order to elaborate first one feature and then another, and then another. The work ought to go on until it is completed. And every true heart ought to say: "Lord, do not stay Your hand; cut away until I am brought out into the fair lines and lineaments of the image of God." 

Work together for your good
Troubles and afflictions and blows that are sent are useless unless they make you patient to your fellows and submissive to your lot. But rest assured that if you love God all things will work together for your good. And now... join and work with them. Help God to work for you.

Source: biblehub.com /biblical illustrator

8 opmerkingen:

  1. Wat een mooi voorbeeld.
    God laat niets aan het toeval over, Hij vormt en polijst ons.
    Maar wij vinden het altijd te pijnlijk en te lang duren.

  2. Oh Yes! We continue to be a work in progress all our life long! But someday, the masterpiece will be complete...and we will bow before our Creator and give Him the praise and honor due. We are created in His image...and are becoming more and more like the Master every day. Such a privilege to be one of God's "works in progress". Thank you for this wonderful post today.

  3. God gebruikt alle dingen ten goede voor wie op Hem bouwen. Dat maakt alles wat gebeurt nog niet goed. Er zijn ook dingen om te rouwen. En zoals Prediker wijs opmerkt is daar ook tijd voor.

  4. This is a favorite verse of mine. Thank you for your insight and encouragement today!

  5. What an excellent analogy! The story is told that when Michelangelo was asked how he sculpted his magnificent David, he replied that he saw David in the stone before he even lifted his first tool. Praise God that He sees the magnificent final product He desires in each of us before He even begins the painful chiseling, and that if we let Him continue His work in us, He will accomplish it. Thank you for the excellent post and God bless!

  6. "God will go on chiselling as long as it is necessary" How often I have ask, God when you be through working in this one area, You have been there a long long time. It's so true He will not move onto another area until He has the one He is working on exactly how He wants it, then He starts again in another area. The song, He's still working on me, to make me what I ought to be, comes to mind. Great post.

  7. Amen!
    Yes, His ways are so far beyond our `natural` understanding, so sometimes we can`t see it, Thank you for the lovely image about the sculptor making a lion and its a great reminder for being patient and for waiting as He does His great work in each of us.
    Blessings and Shalom from Japan!!

  8. We don't like the chiseling - that's for sure! This message is beautiful and encourages me to wait on Him. His finished work is worth it. Hugs to you, Ariella.