The Purpose for the Pressure

Happy Monday everyone! Yesterday morning at New Walk we were taught about Morir Sonañdo- a Dominican drink known for its freshly squeezed orange juice. I don't know about you, but I want to try it! We were reminded that like the freshly squeezed oranges in this drink, sometimes the best comes out of our lives when the pressure is on! In the book of Hebrews, scripture gives us three reasons why God may allow some pressure in our lives:

Proof:

Sometimes God allows some pressure in our lives no matter how difficult it may seem. As parents, when we put pressure on our children, and we discipline them, it proves that we want what is best for them and that we love them; the same can be said about God. Hebrews 12: 6 says, “…the Lord disciplines the ones He loves…” God is allowing us some time of growth because his timing is perfect and he wants us to be disciplined and wait on Him.

Preparation:

When we wait on God, he is preparing us for when He knows we’re ready. I am guilty of being anxious and wanting things as soon as I pray for them. There have been many moments in my life when I thought I was ready for something prematurely. Years later, I realized that God was preparing me with time and maturity; Hebrews 12: 11 confirms this- “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

Permanence:

When God establishes us in a place, it is firm. When it is God’s will, it is His hand that does it, and he rightfully takes all the glory. Our goals should always be directed with prayer and patience. There is no way that we could take the credit because God has a way of working out details we can't even imagine. It can be tough and tedious, but the journey God has us on has a light at the end of the tunnel when we keep our eyes on him.

Yours in Christ,
Nicholas Amado