Tuesday, June 21, 2016

God is making diamonds out of us


We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.

Yes I shared those same verses yesterday, but more specifically this is truth that we will face tough days and makes us stronger.  A song of recent years repeats an old saying … “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”… which is true.

I have been thinking about the connection between the daily struggles of life and what God is up to.  There are bigger things going on than we recognize. 

There is a fairly new song that continues to run through my mind.  In fact Monday morning I woke up running through some of the lyrics in my mind.  Therefore, I’d like to share with you Hawk Nelson’s Diamonds:

Here and now I'm in the fire,
In above my head…
Being held under the pressure,
Don't know what'll be left…
But it's here in the ashes
I'm finding treasure

He's making diamonds, diamonds
Making diamonds out of dust
He is refining in his timing
He's making diamonds out of us

I'll surrender to the power
Of being crushed by love…
Till the beauty that was hidden
Isn't covered up…
Oh it's not what I hoped for
It's something much better

Oh the joy of the lord
It will be my strength
When the pressure is on
He's making diamonds

He's making diamonds, diamonds
Making us rise up from the dust
He is refining in his timing
He's making diamonds out of dust
Making diamonds out of us
I won't be afraid to shine…
Cause he's making diamonds out of dust
Making diamonds out of us

The song talks about how diamonds are made.  When pressure is applied for a long period of time where there is coal, diamonds will be found.  There has to be lots of pressure.  Thus, the song applies the fact that God takes the pressure in our lives and make us better, stronger, more like Jesus and much more valuable.  That is valuable like diamonds.

You are valuable to God.  He is making much more of you and me than we know!

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