Sometimes the pressures of life seem too much for us. We long to be free from them. We forget that a diamond is just a lump of coal that has been under pressure! It’s true. Both coal and diamond consist of carbon. The difference is due to the situation in which each is found. So if you feel you’re under pressure, it may be that God is making a diamond out of you.
If you want to keep from becoming fainthearted and weary, think about his patience as sinful men did such terrible things to him. After all, you have never yet struggled against sin and temptation until you sweat great drops of blood. And have you quite forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you, his child? He said, “My son, don’t be angry when the Lord punishes you. Don’t be discouraged when he has to show you where you are wrong. For when he punishes you, it proves that he loves you. When he whips you, it proves you are really his child.” Let God train you, for he is doing what any loving father does for his children. Whoever heard of a son who was never corrected? Hebrews 12:3-7