“Grain must be ground to make bread.
The most prominent characters of the Bible were broken, threshed, and ground into bread for the hungry. Scary but true.
Abraham because he endured affliction while remaining obedient, is now inscribed with these words: “The Father of Faith.”
Joseph was beaten and bruised, and was forced to endure Potiphar’s kitchen and Egypt’s prison before coming to his throne.
David, was hunted like an animal of prey through the mountains. He was bruised, weary, and sore. For him, he was literally ground into bread for a kingdom.
Paul could never have been bread for Caesar’s household if he had not endured the bruising of being whipped and stoned. He was ground into fine flour for the Roman royal family.
Poverty, hardship, and misfortune have propelled many a life to moral heroism and spiritual greatness. Difficulties challenge our energy and our perseverance but bring the strongest qualities of the soul to life.
Many of us cannot be used as food because we have yet to be broken in Christ’s hands. “Grain must be ground to make bread,” and being a blessing of His often requires sorrow on our part. Yet even sorrow is not too high a price to pay for the privilege of touching other lives with Christ’s blessings. (J. R. Miller)
If you’re struggling with anything today, remember that to burn brightly our lives must first experience the flame. In other words, we cease to bless others when we cease to bleed.
Today if God has chosen special trials for us to endure, let us be assured that is is He has kept a very special place in His heart just for us…
Our badly bruised soul is because we are chosen…Amen!