God's chisel and hammer!
(J.R. Miller, "Evening Thoughts" 1907)
"Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A book of remembrance was written in His presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored His name. 'These shall be Mine,' says the Lord Almighty, 'in that day when I make up My jewels!'" Malachi 3:16-17
In the prophet Malachi's time, when nearly all the people had forsaken God, there were a few who were faithful. These met together and spoke one to another. They became very dear to God, and a book of remembrance was kept in which their names and their faithfulness were recorded.
"These shall be Mine in that day when I make up My jewels!"
Jewels are valuable. God gave His beloved Son for the redemption of His chosen people.
Jewels are prepared by cutting, grinding, and polishing, until they shine in brilliant beauty. God's people are subjected to many painful trials and experiences in preparing them for their heavenly home.
Jewels are used for adornment and for honor. They shine in the king's crown. The saints in Heaven shall shine as jewels in Jesus' crown!
If only we knew how precious we are to God, and what hidden glory shall be ours, waiting to shine out at last — we would rejoice with unspeakable joy!
What do a few troubles and pains matter now, if it is only the work of God's chisel and hammer cutting away the hindering crust, to reveal the precious diamond!