The Anvil

“Last eve I paused beside the blacksmith’s door,
And heard the anvil ring the vesper chime;
Then looking in, I saw upon the floor,
Old hammers, worn with beating years of time.

“‘How many anvils have you had,’ said I,
‘To wear and batter all these hammers so?’
‘Just one,’ said he, and then with twinkling eye,
‘The anvil wears the hammers out, you know.’

“And so, I thought, the Anvil of God’s Word
For ages skeptic-blows have beat upon;
Yet, though the noise of falling blows was heard,
The Anvil is unharmed, the hammers gone.”

— Attributed to John Clifford

How serious do you take the content of this book?

A book not published by human printing presses, not penned with the scarce and scaly sentences of sin-tainted humanity but God-breathed! A book whose breath breaks the bands and bonds of brokenness! *does the moonwalk* – THE WORD OF GOD!

Do you know that God’s word is like a garden with flowers bright and fair. From the tulips in Genesis to the delicate Rose tucked in Esther. Every one who seeks may pluck a lovely cluster of henna blossoms whether in the Epistles or the Acts of the Apostles.

Do you sit up at night, the only light that whispers – a solitary candle, with her flames dancing in the wind – as you scour through the pages of the book. Does the Word delight you as much as the taste of chocolate or coldstone ice cream? God’s word is a deep, deep mine! With jewels rich and rare. The words in it are no mere naive psycho-babble or the leftover murmurings of a frazzled carpenter!

Can you switch off your mobile device and stare at Scripture? For they are like the starry host – those stalwarts of the night! A thousand thousand rays of lights providing guidance to the weary traveller. A compass to show the path of righteousness to the bruised sinner! A way home to the prodigal son. – JMD

Turn off the television set. And let the bible reveal Christ. Allow the Spirit guide you into all truth. His word is like an arsenal where soldiers may repair and find for life’s long battle-day, all needful weapons. Many have tried to poke holes in the bible but one by one they have failed. It has answers if only the hungry will search. It is a well of living water if only the thirsty will come.

The world tries to paint a picture of romantic lust. We attempt to portray adultery and other ills in a saintly light. Dalliances with witches and half-breed demons are sketched as acceptable in our soap-operas and cartoons. We are slowly desensitized. But the Word remains firm. Stop drinking from gutters!

There is a fountain filled with blood. Stop eating from refuse heaps! There is bread, meat and wine in the word!

the anvil of God's word
the anvil of God’s word

The word is an anvil! None can break it! None can withstand its effect. Ask those who fell on it and those on whom it fell. It is a fierce and fiery sword that reveals the thoughts and intents of the heart. A decoder that deciphers and reveals the perfect will of God. It is a well of resources, a fountain that brims and bubbles with life. The word of God!

Whether encrypted in your mobile device, or tucked religiously under your arm in bulky burgundy leather and massive print the word is love letter from the Charming Prince of Peace to his beloved one Ecclesia. It is a narrative of broken chains, opened jail cells, enemies subdued under feet, a buffet, a table laid out with bounty, and a marriage feast. It is a love story that begins in a Garden as two lovers find themselves cast out. A beautiful picture of a man about to die for his bride shedding tears in another garden.

The Bible! God’s mind concerning man revealed! – Christ in you the hope of Glory.

The question I ask is this: why won’t you STUDY the Word today?

Petroleum engineer? Yup. But I love writing as much as I love solving complex reservoir engineering problems. Watch out for poetry. Still trying to soar the heights of prose tho' Stay tuned dearies.

26 thoughts on “The Anvil

  1. Lovely! true how we are slowly desensitized by virtue of what we watch and listen to or expose ourselves to. Slowly. our judgment becomes relative and we wouldn’t even notice but the word remains firm. Same Anvil it will always be.

    “Can you switch off your mobile device and stare at Scripture?…Turn off the television set. And let the bible reveal Christ. Allow the Spirit guide you into all truth. The word has answers if only the hungry will search”. Very timely truth.

    Nothing more to say…time to be a doer and not just a hearer.
    Thank you!


  2. I didn’t wake up on a great note this morning. I couldn’t concentrate while doing my morning bible study. I just rushed through a chapter and picked up my phone.

    But. . .why won’t I study my Bible today? In it is the life I need for every new day. Thank you for this! Once this comment is posted, i’m picking up my Bible to study! 😀


  3. Mobile phones, television sets, even many activities are nothing but subtle distractions that creep up the fence of the mind, though not without permission. What else can I say? I’ve been ‘guilty’ of having wrong priorities for a very long time. Even as small as tweeting hello notes could be, they could waste a lot of time that could’ve been chanelled into feasting at the table of ‘The Charming Prince of Peace’. There, there are no agitations or fears to question the morality of the on-going activity of reading and meditating on The Word. One only needs to think what their actual needs are!


  4. “It is a love story that begins in a Garden as two lovers find themselves cast out. A beautiful picture of a man about to die for his bride shedding tears in another garden”



  5. The word of God is life in itself,we wer born of it,dare i say i am the word of God in flesh! The word of God is d mind of God,in it are tales about me and everyday i live them out! The word of God is constantly alive in me!…. Great post!


  6. I just had this thought while reading this- this is my life. I mean, where more to learn about my life in Christ than in God’s written Word. The media shows us a life that has no bearing on ours as believers and we are slowly, unconsciously being desensitised to the vast difference btw that and what we’ve received. My life in Christ can ONLY be understood, learnt from the Word. Thank u sooo much for reminding me of my source.


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