The mens small group bible study that i'm leading is studying the names of God this fall. Tonight, one of the names we are looking at is El-Elyon, God most high. Elyone means highest, the exalted one, emphasiing that God is the highest in every realm of life. As I was studying, I came across this poem, "Molding a Man" which captured my attention, because it speaks of how God is sovereignly remaking us for his purposes.
When God wants to drill a man,
And thrill a man, And skill a man,When God wants to mold a manTo play the noblest part;When He yearns with all His heart.To create so great and bold a manThat all the world shall be amazed,Watch His methods, watch His ways!How He ruthlessly perfectsWhom He royally elects!How He hammers him and hurts him,And with mighty blows converts himInto trial shapes of clay whichOnly God understands;While his tortured heart is cryingAnd he lifts beseeching hands!How He bends but never breaksWhen his good He undertakes;How He uses whom He chooses,And with every purpose fuses him;By every act induces himTo try His splendor out—God knows what He’s about!Source unknown