Pressure Makes Diamonds

2 Corinthians 4:7-12 says:

But we have this precious treasure [the good news about salvation] in [unworthy] earthen vessels [of human frailty], so that the grandeur and surpassing greatness of the power will be [shown to be] from God [His sufficiency] and not from ourselves.8 We are pressured in every way [hedged in], but not crushed; perplexed [unsure of finding a way out], but not driven to despair;9 hunted down and persecuted, but not deserted [to stand alone]; struck down, but never destroyed;10 always carrying around in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the [resurrection] life of Jesus also may be shown in our body.11 For we who live are constantly [experiencing the threat of] being handed over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the [resurrection] life of Jesus also may be evidenced in our mortal body [which is subject to death].12 So physical death is [actively] at work in us, but [spiritual] life [is actively at work] in you.

I want to focus on where it says that we are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed. That implies to me that we're in a high pressure situation...and you'd be surprised what kinds of things can be created under pressure. One of which, would be diamonds. 

Diamonds are carbon in it's most concentrated form. By the way, Carbon is about 18% of our body weight, and it's one of the most common elements in the world. It's one of the four essentials for lifes exsistence. Common, but essential.

Diamonds form about 100 miles below earths surface, in the earths mantle which is molten rock. This enviorment provides the right about of pressure and heat to transform carbon into a diamond. To be specific, the carbon has to be placed under at least 435,113 pounds per square inch of pressure at a temperature of at least 2, 200 degrees Fahernheight. Anything less, and graphite will be created. 
If it doesn't get exposed to a certain about of heat and pressure, it'll miss out on becoming what it's meant to be...and it'll become something less. 

Sometimes you might feel like you've been forgotten, or buried underneath all your problems and situations...but don't give up! When things get hot, don't give up! When you give up, not only do you setting for recieving also settle for becoming less than what God is making you into. No matter what it looks ore feels like, don't give up! God has a plan, this is intentional and it's all working for your good.

Galatians 6:9 says "And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart." Yeah we may get tired, and it might get hot, and it's a lot to deal with...but it's only seasonal. Fruit out of season can mess us up, if we get the right thing  at the wrong time, we're not ready to handle it. So much like the carbon, we have to be exposed to the right conditions to become a diamond. The right things, people, situations, the right about of heat and pressure in order for this diamond to be formed. 

I promise, this isn't a bio lesson, but most of the diamonds that we see today were formed millions to billions of years ago. We see and are attracted to their shine now, but we forget the process that it went through to become a diamond. This reminds me of how God says that He knew us before we were even born, but that's another message for another time. Anyways, what usually brings diamonds to the surface is a powerful magma eruption, which basically pushes diamonds up through the earths mantle and crust in a few hours. 

So even though your process may seem to be taking awhile, take joy in knowing that when it is your time (because your time will come!) you're coming out fast! 

You've heard of iron sharpens iron right? (Proverbs 27:17), well because Diamonds are so hard they can only be scratched by another diamond. Nothing else can really affect or cut it. Eventually it gets cut, polished, and all those things. It goes through it's process, becomes what it was destined to become (because it stayed in the process), and then gets refined and polished. Don't forget where it started though, common, ordinary, but when it's exposed to the right amount of pressure and becomes something so beautiful.

No matter what part of the process that you're in today, don't give up. You may be pressed, but you're not crushed. Persecuted, but not abandoned. Struck down, but most certainly not destroyed. 

So this morning, trust God to do what He promised. Your contents may be under pressure, but you're coming out of this a diamond!

I write and share these devotionals every other Sunday morning,  during WBRU's gospel morning show (95.5 FM). Be sure to tune in!

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