As a crafts person, I have to use certain tools, some of them surprisingly powerful, when you see the size of the actual tool and the task that particular tool has to do.
This morning, I needed to cut through sheet metal, to create a cuff-bracelet. And it got me thinking: I looked at the thick piece of metal in my hand, and the pair of metal cutters lying on my workbench, and marvelled to myself again at how something that looks like a pair of scissors, can cut through metal.
But the thing is, that metal cutter and any other of my tools would be useless on their own. They are designed to fit into, and work in my hands.
Apart from my hand, my tools are just interesting looking tools, lined up on my workbench.
This is a bit like us. We are designed to fit into and work in, the hand of God. Apart from Him we can do nothing. (John 15:4)
Our God takes the weak and makes them strong. He takes the hopeless and transforms them into beacons of eternal salvation.
God longs to pick you up in his strong hands, and encourage you to accomplish the incredible calling for which he created you.
God sees your potential…. in His hand
I love the story of Gideon’s calling, which you can read in Judges 6:12-18
“And the angel of the Lord appeared to [Gideon] and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.”
God called Gideon a ‘mighty man of valour’ before Gideon had actually done any ‘mighty’ actions.
1 Corinthians 1:27-29 NLT
“Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.”
Remember it’s in His hand – not in ourselves. The tools on my bench need to remember that without me and my hands, they’re just lifeless tools.
There is no weak tool in the hands of God
I maintain my tools. I sharpen them regularly, oil them, tighten them where necessary and generally make sure they keep in good condition.
God calls you to a life of eternal significance. You were created to live a life that changes the world. In order to accomplish the life to which you were called we need to spend time in his presence, being honed, oiled and sharpened by him – just as I need to maintain the tools in my workroom, God maintains us, to keep us fit for purpose. We do this by immersing ourselves in His Word and by worshiping Him, through all circumstances.
God is near to you, ready and able to lift you up in his mighty hand and empower you.