Today’s Scripture: And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Jeremiah 18:4

In my book, Why Life Hurts, when answering the question “Why does God allow pain?” I use the following illustration.

Consider the value of steel:

  • A bar of steel is worth $5.
  • If made into horseshoes, it is worth $10.
  • If made into needles, it is worth $350.
  • If made into penknife blades, it is worth $32,000.
  • And if it is made into springs for watches, it is worth $250,000!

What a drilling the poor bar must undergo to be worth a greater value. But the more it is manipulated, the more it is hammered and passed through the fire, the more it is beaten and pounded and polished, the greater its value.

Those who suffer most are capable of yielding most; and it is through the messy process of pain and suffering that God can get the most out of us.

The more you allow God to work in your life, however painful it may be, the more capable you are to be used of God. Often, the trial in which we ask God “Why is this happening?” is the very trial that will allow us to minister to someone else far better than we ever could have without it.

Taking a bar of steel and forming it into springs for watches takes time and a lot of beatings. However, in the end, it is far worth it. You may be in the middle of a drilling, beating, or pounding; you may be in the fire. Trust God to make you into someone better and more fit to give Him glory; you will see the value of God’s molding process.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.