My Daily Bread – I.AM.GOD. Be still, and know that I.AM.GOD : I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? ….
How to Carve a Duck. Growing in CHRIST comes from a deepening relationship with Him. For those GOD foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His SON.
Psalms 46:10 KJV
you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who boast in the law dishonor GOD by breaking the law.
For those GOD foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His SON. Romans 8:29
So it is with GOD. He looks at you and me—blocks of rough wood—envisions the CHRISTlike woman or man hidden beneath the bark, knots, and twigs and then begins to carve away everything that does not fit that image. We would be amazed if we could see how beautiful we are as finished “ducks.”
But first we must accept that we are a block of wood and allow the Artist to cut, shape, and sand us where He will. This means viewing our circumstances—pleasant or unpleasant—as GOD’s tools that shape us. He forms us, one part at a time, into the beautiful creature He envisioned in our ungainly lump of wood.
Sometimes the process is wonderful; sometimes it is painful. But in the end, all of GOD’s tools conform us “to the image of his SON” (Rom. 8:29).
Do you long for that likeness? Put yourself in the Master Carver’s hands.