The Anvil and the hammers
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. “ Isaiah 40:8
Over the centuries there have been many critics of the Bible. Atheists, agnostics, sceptics, unbelievers and sometimes even Christians have tried to find fault with the Scriptures, and even now in our day there seems to be increasing antagonism toward the Word of God.
I was given a copy of this poem many years ago, I don’t know who the author was, but what it says is very true.
“I stood one evening by the blacksmiths door
And heard the anvil ring the vesper chime,
And looking in I saw upon the floor
Old hammers worn with years of beating time.
“How many anvils have you had” said I,
“To wear and beat these hammers so?”
“Just one,” the blacksmith said with twinkling eye,
“The anvil wears the hammers out you know.”
And so methought the anvil of God’s Word
For ages sceptic blows have beat upon,
And though the sound of clanging blows is heard,
The anvil is unharmed, the hammers gone.”
Despite the noise of protest and objection that is sometime made, you may read your Bible today, along with millions of other Christians, knowing that it is the inspired Word of God.
History tell us, the critics will soon be gone, the Bible, never so.