There is a crushing process that allows the oil (the anointing) to come forth in our lives, just like when olive oil is produced. However, the conditions have to be perfect. It’s not enough to just endure trials for the sake of suffering. There is an actual purpose for our pain and challenges.
In the Master’s hands, He has a crucible that has been created just for us. He has the mortar and the pestle that will exact just the right amount of pressure to yield the results He wants in our lives. That’s why He says, “Lean not on your own understanding and in all your ways acknowledge me and I will direct your path.” (Proverbs 3:4-5)
We may think, “This job is perfect for me” or “This relationship is ideal for me”. However, only when we’re in the crucible of God (in the center of His will), can He provide the perfect conditions that are necessary to extract the most oil out of our lives. So, if you’re in a situation where God seems not to be answering you or where the conditions seem less than ideal for any good to occur, "Lean not on your own understanding” and remember, “The footsteps of the righteous are ordered by the Lord.” (Psalm 37:23)
Father God has you exactly where He wants you. He’s leading you to the place He has preordained for you. Be yielded and trust Him. Then, you’ll come out as pure gold, with oil dripping down from you and God will be glorified!
The crushing is not to break you. It’s to bless you and to expand you, so you can share what’s on the inside of you - the power of the living God!
Many Blessings for the New Year!
Naifa White loves to encourage others. However, she knows her source of inspiration comes from God alone. As a wife, mother, author and inspirational speaker, she aims to point you to your only source of strength and hope - Jesus Christ.