Now all discipline seems painful at the time, not joyful. But later it produces the fruit of peace and righteousness for those trained by it.
[Heb 12:11 NET]
God seems to love to work by paradoxes and contraries. In the transformations of grace, the bitter is the base of the sweet, night is the mother of day, and death is the gate of life.
Many people are wanting power. Now, how is power produced? The other day we passed the great works where the trolley engines are supplied with electricity. We heard the hum and roar of countless wheels, and we asked our friend, How do they make the power? Why, he said, just by the revolution of those wheels and the friction they produce. The rubbing creates the electric current.
It is very simple, and a trifling experiment will prove it to anyone.
And so when God wants to bring more power into your life, He brings more pressure. He is generating spiritual force by hard rubbing. Some of us don’t like it. Some of us don’t understand, and we try to run away from the pressure, instead of getting the power and using it to rise above the painful cause.