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- Avoiding the Hammer
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April 30th 2009
Ping ping ping ping THUD. Over and over the hammer falls, hits its mark, and a sound is heard. The sound that is heard depends much on what material the hammer is hitting. Have you ever built anything and listened to the hammer as it hits the nail, then misses? What sound is heard when the hammer suddenly misses it mark? Most often a thud is heard, usually because a hammer is used to hit nails into wood. Now if you happen to hit your thumb, that ensues quite a different response. If you are hammering a nail into a wall to hang something, you might even hear a slightly hollow sound as the hammer makes a hole in the wall as it sinks into the surface when it hits. If you take a hammer and pound on brick or stone and you will hear a chip chip chipping sound as pieces come off with each point of contact.
As the hammer does the job it is meant to do-hitting things-it always makes some kind of noise. It doesn’t do its job silently because it always has a point of contact, that moment when the hammer comes into contact with the object we swing it at. A hammer cannot do its job when there is no sound because that would mean it made no contact with its intended target. God uses hammers to mold us: His word and His will. If we are expecting to have those do their job without having some noise in our life then we are fooling ourselves, because a hammer cannot do its job without some noise. If Gods hammers are making contact in our lives there is going to be some noise, because that is what happens when a hammer makes contact with its intended target!
Now a physical hammer may go ping, or even thud, when it hits its target, but what kind of noise will God’s hammers make? First we must look at what God is using His hammers to do. God intends to mold us into who He desires us to be, transforming us into a new creation intended for His glory. (Eph 4:22-24 , 2 Cor 3:17-18 ) For this process to take place He must remove the things that are not like Him, and replace them with the things that are like Him. 1 Peter 2:9 tells us "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." We are called out darkness! Verse 1-3 says "Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good."So what is that hammer being used for? To replace our nature with the things of the spirit. Looking at this we can only do that if crave spiritual milk-if we seek God, if we are craving spiritual milk we are allowing Him to mold us, to use His hammer to shape us.
So what does Gods hammer sound like? That depend on us really. If we are avoiding the hammer, God is still going to use His will and His Word as His tools, however the noise it makes in our lives is going to be much different then that of a hammer hitting its mark! Think of not only the sound of an actual hammer missing its mark, but the feeling made in your body- rhythmic when it hits its mark, but when missing the mark the vibration of the hammer feels completely different, even hard, harsh or painful. When we are avoiding God’s hammer that is what happens in our lives. The molding process still occurs, but it will begin to feel harsh, hard, or even painful.
If you are hard, like a piece of wood, then you are going to hear and feel a hard thud in your life. The molding process is going to feel like a constant pushing, banging, and pounding. This is when you need to allow God to soften you through time in prayer asking Him to help you realize His will for your life. If you are empty you are going to hear and feel a hollow sound. The molding process may seem useless, like it is taking you nowhere because you do not understand the hope of His calling. This is when you need to pour your time into Gods word allowing it to fill your mind and soul with His promises. If the molding process hurts like the hammer hitting your thumb, that is when it is time to remember Gods promises by reading them, and by going to Him asking Him to be your strength, shelter, comfort, and healer. As the molding process goes on in our lives we will feel a chip chip chipping away in our lives, at the same time those things will be replaced with the things God desires us to become, and He will complete the process to the end.
God is going to mold us, change us, and make us new, what that sounds like in our lives will depend on how we respond to the hammer. Ask yourself what sounds you are hearing in your life through the molding process. Does what God is doing sound like a thud, does it sound hallow, feel painful? If you are avoiding the hammer in any way, go to God and ask Him to help you change the sound it is making in your life so that the molding process can become one of joy. That is the sound God wants the molding process to make in our lives, the sound of joy! For there is no better model for our molding process than Christ! Being molded by God’s hammer can be a joyful process if we are not avoiding it and we allow God to do what He desires in our life.
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