by: Steven Robinson
--------------------- "The Skilled Blows of God" ------------------
Many years ago, there was found in an African mine the most magnificent diamond in the world's history. It was presented to the king of England to blaze in his crown or state. The king sent it to Amsterdam to be cut. It was put into the hands of an expert lapidary. And what do you suppose he did with it? He took the gem of priceless value, and cut a notch in it. Then he struck a hard blow with his instrument and--lo!--the superb jewel lay in his hand cleft in two. Did he do this out of recklessness, wastefulness, and criminal carelessness? Indeed not! For days and weeks that blow had been studied and planned. Drawings and models had been made of the gem. Its quality, its defects, its lines of cleavage had all been studied with minutest care. The man to whom it was committed was one of the most skillful lapidaries in the world.
Was that blow a mistake? No! It was the climax of the lapidary's skill. When he struck that blow, he did the one thing which would bring that gem to its most perfect shapeliness, radiance, and jeweled splendor. That blow which seemed to ruin the superb precious stone was, in fact, its perfect redemption. From those two halves were wrought two magnificent gems which the skilled eye of the lapidary saw hidden in the rough, uncut stone as it came from the mine.
Sometimes, God lets a stinging blow fall upon your life. The blood spurts; the nerves wince. The soul cries out in agony. The blow seems to you an appalling mistake. But it is not, for you are the most priceless jewel in the world to God. And He is the most skilled lapidary in the universe.
Let us beware of questioning the methods and approaches of almighty God. We lie in His hands, and He knows just how to deal with us. The life of our churches are no different than our individual lives. Hardships come as in the circumstances amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We may ask why? But, God has also been teaching us that His message is still strong and that we can adjust to the new ways while we are learning to remain faithful.
The term “New Normal” has been the buzz that is generating lots if discussions. Bethel has been adjusting to new WEB presence with video sermons, ZOOM meetings, Facebook announcement updates, and soon to come, web giving options. We may not know what’s next but we do see God crafting us into something different for His glory. I see a brighter future ahead.
See you in church soon!