The Almighty God wants to change “Thou worm Jacob,” into a ‘New threshing instrument with teeth.’ Those who suffer most are capable of yielding most: and it is through pain that God is getting the most out of us, for His glory and the blessing of others. Life is very mysterious. We believe that God is preparing us for ministries that lie beyond the veil of sense in the eternal world, where highly-tempered spirits will be required for special service.

A bar of steel worth five rupees, when wrought into horse shoes is worth ten rupees. If made into needles it is worth Rs.350, if into penknife blades, it is worth Rs.32,000. If into springs for watches it is worth 20 lakhs of rupees. What a drilling the poor bar must undergo to be worth this! What a painful process is needed for the worm to become the threshing instrument. But the more it is manipulated, the more it is hammered and passed through the fire and beaten and pounded and polished, the greater the value. Perhaps some of those who seem to have more than their share of suffering and disappointments are, like the costly china clay being doubly tried in the fire, that they may be more valuable in the Master’s service.

Where did the bravest men and the purest women you know get their whitened characters? Did they not get them as the clay gets its beauty- after the darkness and the burning of the furnace? Where did Mozart get his music, Chatterton his poetry and Jeremiah his sermons? They got them where the clay gets its glory its shimmer in the darkness and the burning of the furnace. Let us not rebel at the second breath of the flame if He sends.

It is the worm Jacob, so little, so weak and so defenseless, trampled on by everybody forced to creep even into the earth for safety. God’s people are sometimes as worms, but not vipers as their enemies are, not of the serpent’s seed. God regards Jacob’s low estate and says, “Fear not, thou worm Jacob, I will help thee.” It is the honour of God to help the weak. The Lord will help them by enabling them to help themselves and making Jacob to become a threshing instrument. He is just an instrument, a tool in God’s hand. But if God makes him a threshing instrument, he will make him fit for use, new and sharp and having teeth and then by divine direction and strength Jacob shalt thresh the mountains, the highest and strongest and most stubborn of enemies.

Once a sedge warbler began to sing with a medley of notes, hurried chirps, trills, calls, and warbles. When it stopped singing, a stone flung into the bush set it going again, its song now being so persistently animated as to fill the gloom and darkness with joy. The saints have sung their sweetest when the thorns had pierced their hearts.