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The Lord their God will save them on that day as the flock of his people. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown. —Zechariah 9:16 

The Bible gives us this unusual detail about the construction of the Lord’s temple. “In building the temple, only blocks dressed at the quarry were used, and no hammer, chisel or any other iron tool was heard at the temple site while it was being built” (I Kings 6:7). An unbelievable amount of scraping, hammering, chiseling had to be done on those mighty rocks that were used in the construction. But it was all done out of view and out of earshot of the temple site. 

It’s a little like the way God “dresses” us, fitting us for heaven. The apostle Peter reminds us that you and I are living stones, and we are being mined in the quarry of earth, a place of noise, chiseling, and clouds of dust. God is using our sufferings and afflictions to hone and shape us so we might fit perfectly into heaven’s landscape, where there is “no hammer, chisel or any other iron tool.” Where there is no suffering. No tears, pain, sorrow, or death.

As polished stones, not only will we fit in heaven, we will fit as glittering jewels in his crown. Soon we will enter the utter serenity of heaven-a place of peace and quiet-and God will set us in his diadem as sparkling and dazzling jewels. 

One day all of heaven will be in awe over what the Master Jeweler has accomplished in your life.

~Joni Eareckson Tada in “You’re a Jewel!” December 9 Daily Devotional

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What helps you to grow in holiness?

You know, God uses something surprising to teach us holiness—suffering! In fact, the pathway to holiness always involves suffering.

When our lives are all roses and no thorns, we tend to be spiritually complacent. We neglect serious self-examination and confession. But affliction has a way of stripping away the stubborn deposits of selfishness that build up in the course of everyday life.

The psalmist put it this way, “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word.”

Are you going through a time of suffering? Let me encourage you, hard as it may be, to embrace it as a gift from God. Ask Him to use this time to make you more like Him.

~Nancy Leigh DeMoss in “Holiness and Suffering

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