Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;” (Isaiah 49:2).
Somewhere I read of this very famous beach called “Pebble Beach”, on the California coast. The long line of white surf comes up with its everlasting roar, and rattles and thunders among the stones on the shore. They are caught in the arms of the pitiless waves, and tossed and rolled, and rubbed together, and ground against the sharp-grained cliffs. Day and night forever the ceaseless attrition goes on–never any rest. And the result?
Tourists from all the world flock thither to gather the round and beautiful stones. They are laid up in cabinets; they ornament the parlor mantels. But go yonder, around the point of the cliff that breaks off the force of the sea; and up in that quiet cove, sheltered from the storms, and lying ever in the sun, you shall find an abundance of pebbles that have never been chosen by the traveler.
Why are these left all the years through unsought? For the simple reason that they have escaped all the turmoil and attrition of the waves, and the quiet and peace have left them as they found them, rough and angular and devoid of beauty. Polish comes through the trouble.
Since God knows what niche we are to fill, let us trust Him to shape us into it. Since He knows what work we are to do, let us trust Him to drill us into the proper preparation.
“O blows that smite! O hurts that pierce This shrinking heart of mine! What are ye but the Master’s tools Forming a work Divine?”
“Nearly all God’s jewels are crystallized tears.”
And when you see a Christian looking weary and can hardly take himself to the next location, thing one thing and that he is going through a process in the hands of God. God is taking him through some trouble before He can polish him and set him aside for His service. Becoming a Leader is not an overnight job and there is no time frame for him to function.
Let me indicate here that it took Moses forty years in the making and another forty years before God was able to accomplish His purpose. During the second forty years, Aaron was in training preparing to take over from Moses.
Our problem today is everyone wants to be in front and do not know where they are going. Everyone wants a big title and they are paying big money to attain it. Others are trying to come through the back door for the same purpose but no one wants to be trained for the job. Even with all the training sometimes you break and can lose all your previous accomplishments.
Basic skills like reading, proper writing, communicating and confidentiality will take you to a higher level. May God bless and keep you.