THE SHAPED STONES


HH Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.” (Isaiah 54:11).

The stones from the wall said, “We come from the mountains far away, from the sides of the craggy hills. Fire and water have worked on us for ages but made us only crags. Human hands have made us into a dwelling where the children of your immortal race are born, and suffer, and rejoice, and find rest and shelter, and learn the lessons set them by our Maker and yours.

But we have passed through much to fit us for this. Gunpowder has rent our very heart; pickaxes have cleaved and broken us, it seemed to us often without design or meaning, as we lay misshapen stones in the quarry; but gradually we were cut into blocks, and some of us were chiselled with finer instruments to a sharper edge. But we are complete now, and are in our places, and are of service.

You are in the quarry still, and not complete, and therefore to you, as once to us, much is inexplicable. But you are destined for a higher building, and one day you will be placed in it by hands not human, a living stone in a heavenly temple.

You will realize that we are nothing of ourselves, we were born in sin and shaped in iniquity. We are needed to be put in place to be made complete. This will take the effort of the builder to break us and shape us into the design to fit the area where we will be best used. Some will be rejected and others will be put into place.

There are some who look usable but will never be put into the structure because of the composition of the material that they are made from, they are too soft and will melt if ever you try to shape them. Very brittle and may only be used for backfill where they will be compressed before casting the floor or the yard. I wonder what Isaiah was thinking about when he was writing this chapter. I believe he had me in mind. Hallelujah and this morning I have you in mind as I put this message together. God bless and keep you.

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