God's Sovereignty

God's Sovereignty

By Jill Briscoe

It is said that Michelangelo “saw” David in his mind’s eye before he ever started crafting that uncut piece of marble.  Before Michelangelo ever lifted a hammer and chisel and started to work. David was finished and complete.  Michelangelo knew exactly what he wanted him to be.  So it is with us. In God’s mind we were finished before we were started, and God knows in advance what He wants us to be.

God wants to chisel the “David” out of us!  So He takes the hammer of circumstances and the chisel of ministry, and He begins to chip, chip, chip away at this piece of uncut marble that is us. He uses tools of all kinds: political situations, the church, opposition, frightening circumstances, our tasks and callings. He will use anything He has to use to craft the likeness of God in us.  The Master Artist has a plan.  He has a definite pattern in mind as He works away on the image that will become a reality.  And he never leaves His work of art until it is finished.

So next time you hear (or feel!) that chip, chip, chipping in your soul, take comfort and trust that God will stick with you until the end.  One day His work in you will be finished and you will be like Him!

I know I am more like Jesus because of how God has used the circumstances of life to shape me – circumstances I do not believe are by chance or merely coincidental. There was the chisel of the Second World War and of being brought up in wartime Britain. There was the chisel of college and my teacher training.  Add to that the chisel of sickness and hardship.  The chisel of marriage and children crafted some of the “David” out of me.  Undoubtedly the chisel of disappointment and loss, of shattered dreams and broken promises played its part. Then there is the chisel of ministry itself. 

What has been some of the chisels and hammers in your life?  Perhaps you could spend time with the Lord thinking back to the surprises in your life.  Maybe right now you are struggling with some broken dreams.  Whom God chooses, He calls, and whom He calls, He chisels.  Know that God trusts you with His challenges.  It’s a compliment to have the Master Sculptor’s full attention. 

As I have learned to recognize the tools of my heavenly Michelangelo, the Master Sculptor, I have learned how deeply He loves me.  I am only a work in process, and the callings or tasks along the way are simply a part of His loving eternal plan in my life. 

As God “chisels the David” out of you, learn to treat all hammer blows as divine compliments. He has a work of art in mind.  Faith that is able to trust Him with the hammer and chisel is faith enough to finish. 

This world is a mess, but Jesus is working - one person at a time - to make all things new. more


Learn to be intentional about growing older gracefully and living a gracious, generous and grateful life. more

Physical Health

In the midst of my pain I understood God's goodness toward me. How? Through the fact that He prepared me by giving me the grace to submit to His will. more

Tough Times

What is the connection between your brokenness and happiness? God will lead you through awful things, not so much that you might be healed, but that you may know the Healer. more

Inspirational Stories

Joni Eareckson Tada talks about the mystery of suffering and God's sovereignty. more

Inspirational Stories

Basic principles for discovering who God made you to be. Living by them can do more for your "low self-esteem" than a thousand "how to" books. more

Self Esteem

When our trust is violated it can damage the central core of who we are. How do we survive such a betrayal? more

Tough Times

We don’t know all God knows, so how do we handle life’s unpleasantnesses or worse? more

Relationship with God

God uses the challenging events in our lives for new beginnings. In reality, God gives us a second chance, from moment-to-moment, as seen in 2 Cor. 5:17 that “all things are made new". more

Relationship with God

God’s truth needs to be sorted from the enemy’s lies. I cannot allow my daughter’s actions to define me, but I can, through God’s help, allow them to refine me. more

Parenting Advice

God will use the wilderness experiences in your life to build intimacy with Him. more

Relationship with God

Six months of chemotherapy has left me infertile and the grief doesn't lie in expected places, it's more like guerilla warfare. more

Tough Times