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 that 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 blessings of others.
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.
Excerpt from “Streams In The Desert,” by L.B. Cowman
Personal note from The Author Of Spiritual Axioms – Please pass this devotion along to anyone you know who may be going through a pounding right now. Many people are. Some understand the process, but there are a host of others who don’t, and the forging process scares them. What this devotional most reminds me of is that God is not punishing me when I am being forged. He is preparing me. Not punishing – preparing. Big difference! Why would God punish someone who he loves so much and has covered through the New Covenant of Grace in Christ Jesus? How could such a thing be possible? God is actually honoring me when the forging process is taking place in my life. If I can remember that, and in return honor Him through glorifying Jesus, in whom God laid all the sins of mankind, and covered in Grace eternally if the sinner would only believe, than I will KNOW beyond any shadow of doubt that God is continuing a mighty work in me! God Bless you and have a great day!