Polished After the Similitude of
our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as
corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace. Ps. 144:12
If the youth rightly appreciate this
important matter of character-building, they will see the necessity of doing
their work so that it will stand the test of investigation before God. The
humblest and weakest, by persevering effort in resisting temptation and seeking
wisdom from above, may reach heights that now seem impossible. These
attainments cannot come without a determined purpose to be faithful in the
fulfillment of little duties. It requires constant watchfulness that crooked
traits shall not be left to strengthen. The young may have moral power; for
Jesus came into the world that He might be our example, and give to all youth
and those of every age divine help.
This world is God's workshop, and every
stone that can be used in the heavenly temple must be hewed and polished until
it is a tried and precious stone, fitted for its place in the Lord's building.
But if we refuse to be trained and disciplined, we shall be as stones that will
not be hewed and polished, and that are cast aside at last as useless.
It may be that much work needs to be done
. . . , that you are a rough stone, which must be squared and polished before
it can fill a place in God's temple. You need not be surprised if with hammer
and chisel God cuts away the sharp corners of your character until you are
prepared to fill the place He has for you. No human being can accomplish this
work. Only by God can it be done. And be assured that He will not strike one
useless blow. His every blow is struck in love, for your eternal happiness. He
knows your infirmities and works to restore, not to destroy.
A character polished after the similitude
of a palace . . . may shine in the courts of the Lord forever.
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