Let’s Get Hammered
Some people may think of God as simply sitting up in Heaven on a shiny golden chair watching every move we make taking names and making notes; not relational. Some may think of Him as a judge, with the white hair, black robe, and noisy gavel; all condemning. Has anyone ever thought of God as a blacksmith?
To be a blacksmith, one needs a plan and patience. While waiting for the forge to heat to 1400 degrees Fahrenheit, they select a piece of metal with which to work. Once the forge is heated, they place the metal in and wait for it to become glowing red hot. To best handle this heated metal, tongs, vices and clamps are necessary to hold it in place so the blacksmith can work the piece by pounding it with a variety of hammers on a steady anvil.
The metal goes back into the forge several times until it is heated, pounded, and bent into the shape the blacksmith had envisioned at the planning stage. The interesting thing about the work of the blacksmith is that there really are no mistakes. The metal may have been pounded into too much of a point or too blunt on the end, but it can always be placed back into the forge for reheating and reshaping. The heated metal can always become useful in another project at a later time too.
God has a plan for each and every one of our lives. Think about a time when it felt like you were being raked over the coals with a difficult life situation. Perhaps you had no idea how an illness would be cured, if the broken marriage would survive, or if you would ever see your prodigal child again.
God had you in the forge, carefully taking you out and holding you steady as He shaped the aspects of your life into what He had planned. Each day you were growing stronger and changing. It took longer than you had hoped, but the change happened. How awesome is hindsight 20/20, to look back at all you went through and be able to praise God for getting you through and changing you in the process.
It is good to be the metal. With God as our blacksmith, we will be refined per His perfection. We can then turn to Him and praise Him for all He has done.
This third I will bring into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, “They are my people,” and they will say, “The Lord is our God.”