Welcome! I realize that my devotion today may be hard to swallow. I understand. No one likes hardships, and yet, no one is exempt from them. God’s Word teaches us that adversity is one of His greatest tools for shaping us spiritually.
I have to confess…I want to be mature spiritually. I just don’t want to be shaken nor do I want to go through a trial to get there. But these are the ways of God. Perhaps this story might explain it better. God really is at work in your life and mine—not trying to destroy us—but to make us a thing of beauty…a display of His glory!
“There once was a little piece of wood once complained bitterly because its owner kept whittling away at it, cutting it, and filling it with holes, but the one who was cutting it so persistently paid no attention to its complaining. He was making a flute out of that piece of ebony, and he was too wise to cease from doing so, even though the wood complained bitterly. He seemed to say, “little piece of wood, without these holes, and all this cutting, you would be a black stick for ever—just a useless piece of ebony. What I am doing now may make you think that I am destroying you, but, instead, I will change you into a flute, and your sweet music will charm souls and comfort many a sorrowing heart. My cutting you is the making of you, for only thus can you be a blessing in the world.”
If you’re going through a hard time right now, think back on a past hardship in which God brought a new song from a painful experience. Ask Him to do it again. Then, rest in His care as He finishes this melody and never forget…He is faithful!