Acts, chapter 14, verse 19 says, “Then Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there; and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead.”
The Bible is very clear that we must go through hardships. The word hardship in the Greek New Testament means, “to break, to crush, to compress, to squeeze. The word signifies distress or pressure. Webster defines pressure as the burden of physical, emotional or mental distress. Paul certainly had his share of pressure.
We all feel the pressure. We all understand stress and distress. Maybe yours is in the financial realm. Perhaps you’ve lost your job or you have an unexpected expense. Maybe yours is more relational in nature. Your marriage isn’t solid or your children are not acting right. Maybe you are trying to juggle all of life’s demons and balance things but you keep dropping the ball.
I know what it’s like to be at your wits end. The stress, the aggravation, the sleepless nights, the headaches and backaches…you feel like you are going to explode. It seems that more and more people these days are in the vice grip and it is getting tighter and tighter by the minute. Sometimes the pressure is so overwhelming that you don’t think you can stand another second.
But listen…you do, you can” The pressure is there to mold you and shape you into the person God has for you to be. The pathway of pressure is also the gateway to a deeper walk with God. Trust Him, lean into Him, Believe! Your father has His hand on the thermostat. If the heat is on, then God’s plan is on. Wait and watch God work in your life and watch the pressure be used to bring glory to God and ultimately good to you.