No wonder the pistachio is referred to by the name, “green gold.” This nut is prized not only for its taste but appreciated for all the intensive labor needed to harvest it! It is true that the partially-opened shells are hard and sometimes uncooperative, but at harvest time there is also a hull that needs to be removed from the seed. Some small growers put the pistachios in a sack and roll it around with their feet to loosen that hull!
Today’s verse speaks of the fruit of righteousness and peace. It comes as a result of painful discipline. Every believer goes through it from time to time. The Lord disciplines those He loves. And He does it for our good so that we can share in His holiness (Heb. 12:6 &10). We can be sure that He is not exacting punishment as He took that on Himself at the cross. But discipline is proof that He loves us and that we belong to Him (Heb. 12:8). Out of love He uses it to correct and teach. Nevertheless, it hurts.
Tumbling around in that sack, I can trust Him that He knows what it will take for me to have this fruit. It is such a long process of removing that “hull” of sin. And I do not want to prolong it further by not responding the way He intends. I want to be “trained by it” and see the good result. When He uses the hard times to mature me and produce fruit, He also graciously reassures me of His love.
Thank you Lord, that You love me enough to discipline me.