Last Sunday, our Pastor’s son, Nathaniel Hurst, preached. The scripture he used was, Matthew 21:44 “And whoever falls on this stone will be broken: but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”
We need to fall on the stone (God) and submit ourselves to Him letting Him *break* us; mold us and shape us the way HE wants to. He wants to *break* our will and give us HIS will. When we let Him do this sometimes it’s painful and very unpleasant for us. But, when we get through the tough times, we will come forth as pure gold, tried in the fire. Only then can we be used by God. How bad do we want God to use us? We must let Him *break* us.
Now, if we run away from the pain and we don’t “fall on the stone”, and we don’t let Him *break* us, then the rock will fall on us and we will be “ground to powder”. I don’t want the rock to fall on me; I don’t want to be ground to powder. I would rather fall on God and let Him do with me what He wants. He knows what’s best for me.
I finished reading a book the other day, “Gold Tried in the Fire”, by Joy Haney. The following poem was in this book:
GOD’S WAY IS BEST
God never would send the darkness
If He knew you could stand the light,
But you would not cling to the Guiding Hand,
If the way were always bright;
And you would not care to walk by faith,
Could you always walk by sight.
‘Tis true He has many an anguish
For your sorrowful heart to bear,
And many a cruel thorn-crown
For your tired head to wear;
He knows how few would reach heaven at all
If pain did not guide them there.
So He sends you the blinding darkness,
And the furnace of sevenfold heat,
‘Tis the only way, believe me,
To keep you close to His feet;
For ’tis always so easy to wander
When our lives are glad and sweet.
So nestle your hand in the Father’s
And sing, if you can, as you go,
Your song will cheer someone behind you,
Whose courage is sinking low;
And – well, if your lips do quiver,
God will love you the better, so.