Exodus 20:25 “If you make me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of hewn stones, for if you wield your tool on it you profane it.” 

1 Kings 6:7 “When the house was built, it was with stone prepared at the quarry, so that neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron was heard in the house while it was being built.”  ESV

“How much do you want for that granite top sitting there?”  I asked.

“If you haul it off, we’ll take 10 bucks for it.”


I could now envision my newly remodeled bathroom with a granite countertop. This top was worth $400 if I would’ve custom ordered it. I had to buy a sink that would fit the top, and the only kind that would work had to be mounted underneath the top. So I watched some online videos of how to install an under mount sink. 

“Looks easy enough.” I thought to myself. So I bought a 5/16-inch diamond bit that set me back 17 bucks, but the hole was just a little too big. So I made another trip to buy another bit one size smaller. This time the hole was too small. I thought, “I’ll just give it a little tap.”

With granite counter tops; tap-tap-tappy equals crack-crack-cracky. Game over.

Do you notice a pattern in the verses above about how God builds? Spiritually speaking it’s very dangerous when we get out our own set of tools to build spirituality into our lives. 

There’s a huge difference between being led by God and coming up with our own “spiritual” plan. One strengthens, heals and restores.  The other masquerades as spiritual, but ends up cracking and warping the soul. 

When you’re led by the still small voice of God, he softens and hews out our stony and stubborn hearts and replaces it with a tender and responsive heart (Ezekiel 36:26 NLT).