The worm may take heart

“Fear not, thou worm, I will make thee a threshing instrument with teeth.” Could any two things be in greater contrast than a “worm” and an “instrument with teeth” ?
The “worm” is delicate, bruised by a stone, crushed beneath the passing wheel ; an “instrument with teeth” can break and not be broken; it can engrave its mark upon the rock.  The Mighty God can convert the one into the other.
He can take a man or a nation, who has all the “impotence” of the “worm”, and by the invigoration of His own Spirit, He can endow with “strength” by which a noble mark is left upon the history of the time.
difficultiesAnd so “the worm may take heart”.  God can make us stronger than our circumstances.  He can bend them all to our good.  In God’s strength we can make them all pay tribute to our souls.  We can take hold of a disappointment, break it open, and “extract some jewel of grace”.  When God gives us wills like iron, we can drive through difficulties as the iron share cuts through the toughest soil.  “I will make thee,” and shall He not do it ?
God is building His kingdom with earth’s “broken things”.  Men want only the strong, the successful, the victorious, the unbroken in building their kingdoms.  But, God is the God of the unsuccessful, of those who have failed.  Heaven is filling with earth’s broken lives, and, there is no bruised reed that God cannot take and restore to glorious blessedness and beauty.  He can take the life crushed by pain or sorrow and make it into a harp whose music shall be all praise.  He can lift earth’s saddest failure up to Heaven’s glory.
“Follow Me, and I will make you”
Make you speak My words with power
Make you channels of My mercy
Make you helpful every hour.”
“Follow Me, and I will make you’
Make you what you cannot be
Make you loving, trustful, godly
Make you even like to Me.

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