“Though I walk in the midst of trouble; you preserve my life.”
I like to sometimes think of myself as Job in the Bible. The more he saw his struggles, the more he saw God’s hand moving in his life. Even when he saw the winds rise up and kill his children, he saw God’s hand chasing the wind. When raiders attacked his servants and cattle, Job saw God’s work moving the raiders. This is what led Job to say, “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away.” It’s at the moment when life gets hard that God prepares His finest soldiers for battle.
These difficult times, those stressful moments, when your heart starts beating so fast you feel as if you could pass out. These are the moments in which the pressure is on. I like to quote one of my favorite songs by Hawk Nelson, the song is called Diamonds, “when the pressure is on He’s making diamonds.” How beautiful that is!
No other fact is more precious than the creation of jewels. When a gem is found, it is not left alone. The jeweler sends it to a refinery. What does the refinery do? They put the gem, only a rock at the moment, into a massive furnace burning between 1200 and 1500 degrees! The stone is then put under enormous physical pressure to compress it into it’s final shape.
God’s work in our lives is much the same. When we feel pressure, all the more we shall praise! “Though He slay me, yet I will hope in Him!” Job 13:15. “Let not your heart be troubled.” John 14:1.