It is simple, right? Hold the nut against the bolt and turn the nut/bolt to the left. With a right-handed thread, one feels a “jump” and hears a “click” as the threads jump over each other and you are in business! “Righty tighty, lefty loosey.” No problem. Except that the nut would not screw off of the bolt no matter how hard I tried! There was corrosion making the nut/bolt stay stubbornly in place. Even though there are a number of inventive solutions available, the first reaction is pure brute force!
Today’s verse reminds the believer that there will be tension and stress in our lives as a direct result of God’s work. The Lord is in the business of creating in us the image of His Son, Jesus. The problem is that our “corrosion” or sin keeps us stuck in one place. Our sinful habits keep us from moving forward. The pressure of His hands as He works can seem harder and harder to bear. There are times when we stubbornly hold on to sin. He loves us too much to allow us to remain stuck. He has a purpose to be fulfilled in our lives. So He lovingly disciplines us to rid our lives of that corrosion. The sooner we submit, the more quickly we can be done with that pressure.
What He has in mind for me is a life full of purpose and meaning. My small ideas are nothing compared to what He can do. He is creating something far and above what I can ask or think because it is His power at work (Eph. 3:20).
Lord, keep me from becoming stuck and stubborn!