When God wants to drill a man,
And thrill a man,
And skill a man
When God wants to mold a man
To play the noblest part;
When He yearns with all His heart
To create so great and bold a man
That all the world shall be amazed,
Watch His methods, watch His ways!
How He ruthlessly perfects
Whom He royally elects!
How He hammers him and hurts him,
And with mighty blows converts him
Into trial shapes of clay which
Only God understands;
While his tortured heart is crying
And he lifts beseeching hands!
How He bends but never breaks
When his good He undertakes;
How He uses whom He chooses,
And which every purpose fuses him;
By every act induces him
To try His splendor out-
God knows what He's about.
The point appears to be that true greatness is achieved through God ordained humility. And that process of God humbling us and fashioning us may involve "hammers", "hurts" and "mighty blows". But the good news is that "God bends but never breaks". In short we can say with King Solomon, "Blows that wound cleanse away evil; strokes make clean the innermost parts" (Proverbs 20:30) because "faithful are the wounds of a friend" (Proverbs 27:6). And what a friend we have in Jesus!