February/March 2018 - Vol. 96.

illustraton by Tim Ladwig
When God Wants to Mold Men and Women
for His Noble Purposes

by an anonymous writer

If any one purifies himself from what is ignoble, then he will be a vessel for noble use,
consecrated and useful to the master of the house, ready for any good work

- 2 Timothy 2:21

When God wants to drill [train to perfection] 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 shapes and forms of clay
Which only God can understand

How He bends but never breaks
When his good He undertakes
How He uses whom He chooses
And with mighty power infuses him
With every act induces him
To try His splendor out—
God knows what He’s about.

Top illustration for book cover by Tim Ladwig for Fight the Good Fight of Faith by TUMI.org
 See also  interview with Tim Ladwig. 
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