“Life is a grindstone: whether it grinds you down or polishes you up depends on what you are made of.” – Quote from D. L. Moody’s Bible
Matthew 21:44 “And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.”
The investments have been made. The teaching and the learning are all there. Experience, coupled with emotion left its mark. Trials and tribulations; situation and circumstance; good and not so good choices all make up who we are today. Many would say that that is the character of a man.
Why are there some who stand to the accusations of others and come away looking confident and strong while others are decimated by their words? Why does a seemingly small trial take someone down while others look like they can carry theirs and others burdens effortlessly?
D. L. Moody’s quote reminded me of that verse in Matthew. It has always intrigued me to know what Jesus meant; how am I to apply this to my life. I don’t know this for sure, but it could very well fit that Moody’s quote was beside this verse.
Jesus is known as the Cornerstone.
Psalm 118:22 “The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.”
Matthew 21:42 “Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?”
Ephesians 2:20 “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;”
In Matthew it says, “And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken:” A willful submission to allow ourselves to be broken by God and remade into His likeness and image is not something the church is standing in line for with heartfelt desire. True brokenness comes two ways into our life.
The first is through a yielded life; brought to the throne of God, willing to do whatsoever the Father desires; allowing Him to break, to take, to fill or empty as He sees fit. Our acceptance and willingness to welcome that type of activity in our life is spiritual. Few are born with the character to step to that challenge with ease. It comes through the patient leading of the Holy Spirit of God.
The second is one that comes through correction. The heart of the wanderer, the spirit of the rebel and the bondage of the addict are just some of the things our loving Heavenly Father will lovingly correct us as only He can. Some through trials and tribulation, others through loss or pain and some pushed to the brink of decision where the choice becomes clear – God’s way or ours.
Personally, I have felt both. I have been rebuked, chastened and corrected through many avenues in my life. I have also seen the hand of God do miraculous things after I had become surrendered, submitted and committed. One, the Stone fell on me – the other I fell on Him.
Ecclesiastes 9:11 “I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.”
Opportunity. It comes to us all. The opportunity I speak of today is this: we either fall upon Jesus signifying our will is submitted, committed and surrendered; or we suffer the consequence of God’s choosing to fall upon us. Some would think His dealings harsh and unkind.
Hebrews 12:6 “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.”
Truly, if you knew Him, His love, His unconditional, eternal love for you and me; we wouldn’t take up accusations like that in our heart. I will leave you with the heart of Paul exposed:
Philippians 3:10 “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;”
Seek to know Him.