Just as Michelangelo used his various chiseling tools to form his statue of David from a marble rock, God uses circumstances, some painful, to form us into a more Christ like image. It is sometimes said that Michelangelo used a stone that others rejected and thought of as unworkable but a good artist and a good God can bring much good out of what seems to be meager. Of course God is omnipotent and omnipresent and can act both directly and indirectly (through natural laws) in what seems to be a seamless manner. The ways and means seem painful but the end product is good.
God says, in Romans 8:29, we are, “predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son.”
As we move through the tapestry of life we experience many trying events that make us think and examine ourselves, while God is behind it all. The highest God can bring much good out of bad, indeed, we see this in many lives including the prophets, like Jeremiah, and apostles like Shaul of Tarsus. We must ponder…