Friday, 19 November 2021
“Behold, I have created the smith who blows the fire of coals and produces a weapon for its purpose. I have also created the ravager to destroy;” – Isaiah 54:16 ESV
During medieval times swords and spears were weapons of choice during wars. The people who made these weapons were blacksmiths, they used impure and imperfect steel and molded it into the desired weapon and because the steel had impurities these had to be removed by fire. They would fan the flames and when the coals were very hot they would then insert the steel. The hotter the fire, the more impurities are removed and the more the steel is ready for molding. They then use the hammer to shape the sword until they get the desired shape that’s required to make a perfect weapon. There is always a perfect balance between the fire and the hammering. The blacksmith is always in control of the whole purpose because his reputation is always on the line, and every sword he makes has his stamp of approval. When people saw the sword they knew exactly who the blacksmith was.
In the above Scripture, GOD is highlighting multiple points that go into making a suitable weapon that is FIT for work (there are weapons that are useless). The first is that He created the blacksmiths who fan the coal into the fire, this shows that GOD allows the blacksmith to increase the fire that is required to produce the weapon (Christian that is usable by GOD). This shows that the trials and challenges that we go through, GOD is aware and is always in control. So when the agents of the dark kingdom are hammering you and the blacksmith is increasing the fire, GOD strikes the perfect balance between the two. The two (fire and the hammering) are very crucial for you to be a perfect sword.
The second point is that, in allowing the blacksmith and destroyer to do what they have to do, at the end of it all no weapon formed against you will prosper (verse 17). This means that when it’s all said and done these trials will never lead to your demise. If anything, you will refute every tongue that speaks evil against thee. It shows that GOD allows them to test you but they aren’t given the power to destroy you. Job 1:12 shows that there are conditions given to them before they test you, this still proves that GOD is always in control of everything we go through.
When it’s all said and done, like the blacksmith (in medieval times), GOD has to be proud of His work of art. The aim of all these trials is so that we are transformed into Christ’s image. “That He may present to Himself a glorious Church” Ephesians 5:27. That He may present us as spotless brides, and this can only happen if the blacksmith and the destroyer have been allowed to play their part (they intended to cause harm but GOD has his own ideas). This is the answer to the famous question, “why does GOD allow Christians to suffer? “. Acts 4:13 is a result of trials that GOD allowed so that the Apostles would be refined and spotless. This is why we consider it pure joy when we go through trials, the process will be painful but the end result is for our benefit. If we can’t share in His sufferings, then we can’t share in His glory.
This is why we consider it pure joy when we go through trials, the process will be painful but the end result is for our benefit. If we can’t share in His sufferings, then we can’t share in His glory.