In order to produce a beautiful diamond, it must first go through a process involving intense pressure. Without a certain amount of pressure applied there can’t be a diamond. It will just remain a priceless stone.
Some of you might be wondering “Why am I experiencing so much pressure in my life?” You might even be feeling like you are being pressed by something on each side of you. Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians:
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all‑surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:7-9 NIV
What Paul is telling us is that in order for the treasure to be revealed that is inside of us, we must be pressed. In order for the diamond to be produced inside of us, we must go through a certain amount of pressure.
The promise that Paul reminds us is that even though we might be pressed, we are not crushed. Which implies, that just like the diamontologists knows how much pressure to apply and how long to apply it to the stone in order to produce the diamond without crushing it, God knows just the right amount of pressure to apply and how long to apply it to our lives in order to produce the purpose that He has for us.
So if you are feeling under pressure today, know that without pressure there can be no diamond. Know that God knows exactly how much pressure to apply and how long to apply it in order to produce the promise He has for you in your life. There is a purpose behind your pressure. Remember “No pressure, No diamond.”