Do you like fruit juice?
To many people, the juice is the best part of the fruit. Not only is it good to drink, but it makes eating the fruit much more pleasurable. No matter how much good fruit rests inside, and no matter what type of fruit, the juice doesn’t just drip from it.
The juice has to be squeezed from the fruit.
The same is true with us. God has to squeeze us sometimes to release the best of what’s inside us.
Just at the time you feel you need a ‘hug’ from God, He ‘squeezes’ us instead.
Look at everyone that God used in the bible. Very few of them signed up for their assignments. And, very few of them knew themselves what was inside of them until God squeezed it out…
From telling Abraham to go to a place He will show him (Genesis 12:1), to testing Him by telling Him to offer His only son (Genesis Chapter 22).
From God allowing David to have to flee from Saul (1 Samuel 21-24) to allowing Him to have to flee from his own son (2 Samuel Chapter 15).
From God allowing His own son and our Savior to be crucified (Luke 23), to allowing the apostles to beaten for Him (Acts 5:41).
Jesus even warned us that He would have to ‘squeeze’ the best out of us through difficulty, so that we can bear more good fruit for Him…
John 15:2 (NKJV)
2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away;[a] and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
The pruning process, much like squeezing, is not easy, but essential in making us productive in God’s Kingdom.
Before we think of God as being cruel for squeezing the best out of His children, remember that we do the same thing in our society. The military, law enforcement, the medical field and many other professions place those aspiring to be a part of them through rigorous training to get the best out of them.
Remember, God doesn’t test us so that He will know what we will do…He already knows. He tests us so that we can develop and increase our faith. So that we can find out what we will do…So that we can find out what’s really inside of us. He tests us to squeeze the best out of us. WHY DOES GOD ‘TEST’ US WHEN HE ALREADY KNOWS…
When you feel that God is being unfair. When you feel you are being challenged. When you feel you God is putting more weight on you that you can handle, remember…
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV)
13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
Don’t let the enemy manipulate you in your challenge to get the worse out of you. Increase your level of consecration and fellowship with God, and allow Him to squeeze the best out of you.
Get ready for the squeeze!