Day 66: Be blessed
Blessing is often crafted from the place of pain. Since we began this journey of a chapter of the Bible each day, over the last 18 months we have seen God’s people become held against their will, burdened heavily (v11), been walked over and journeying through dangers (v12) and yet through it all God uses every experience as a testing and a refining, (v10).
You may be facing a tough time but think about how God is using this to craft you to be the person He has created you to be.
Years ago, there was a master violinist in Europe. He would play in concerts, and he had a magnificent Stradivarius violin, extremely expensive. He would play the Stradivarius violin in concert and everyone would whisper in the crowd, “Listen to the beautiful sounds of the Stradivarius.” He would play in churches, and people would say, “Listen to the beautiful sounds of the Stradivarius.” He even played before kings and queens, and they, too, would turn to one another and say, “Listen to the beautiful sounds of the Stradivarius.” All the glory went to the instrument.
Then one day this master violinist was walking by a pawn shop. He noticed an old, beat-up, worn-out violin. He walked into the pawn shop and asked how much it would cost. The owner of the pawn shop told him the American equivalent of five dollars. He bought the violin, and he took it home. He polished it, and he refined it, and he tuned it, and he re-tuned it, and he built some character into that violin. Then, when he was to play the greatest performance of his life in a concert hall, he took out the little, five-dollar, worn-out, beat- up violin that he had polished and refined. He put it up to his chin, and he began to play, and everybody in the concert hall whispered, “Listen to the beautiful sounds of the Stradivarius.””Rejoicing in Our Suffering,” Preaching Today, Tape No. 74.
It matters not how you start or what you go through but what happens to you in the hands of God that will determine…