Monday, February 13, 2006 3:30 a.m.
When God had the temple built, not one sound of a hammer or chisel was heard. All hammering and chiseling was done in the stone quarry. “And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.” (I King 6:7). Are you in God’s stone quarry? Is He hammering and chiseling on you to prepare you for His temple in heaven? None can enter lest they have first been hammered and chiseled by the hand of God. None can be used unless they first are made to fit perfect for His appointed use. Amy Carmichael wrote, “If thou knewest the disappointment it is to the builder when the stone cannot be used for the house, because it was not made ready before it was brought thither, if thou knewest My purpose for thee, thou wouldest welcome any tool, if only it prepared thee quietly and perfectly to fit into thy place in the house” (His Thoughts Said…His Father Said… p.8).
Thought for Today: Hammer, O Lord, break off all imperfections. Chisel, O Lord, till I be formed. Any tool needed, I welcome; built in quietness, for thee formed.