The Process Is Your Preparation, Not Your Punishment

Neil Vermillion —  February 20, 2019 —  Comments

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While you may be tired, and while you may want things to be easier, know the work set before you is valuable and worthwhile. Know the struggle is very real, as you remember hard work is part of the process. Through this process, weakness will be revealed and eventually become strengthened. Remember the process is not punishment, though it may feel uncomfortable and you may not like it or enjoy it. It is part of what is necessary to prepare you. The process is your preparation, not your punishment. (1)

In all these hardships and all these struggles I am with you every step of the way. I have not forgotten you. I have not left you all alone to face your fears and hardships by yourself. So call out to me, search for me, and seek me with all your might, surely you will find me. Surely you will find me when you seek me with all your might, and do not give in to the silent temptation of quitting. For I am worthy of your greatest pursuit. I am deserving of your whole heart, your whole attention, and your whole desire. (2)

As you seek me with all your heart, you will find me and I will continue to reveal myself to you. Over time you will come to realize, I am your great reward. Knowing me, loving me, receiving from me, and being with me will be your greatest reward. For it is in knowing me all your confidence will flow. It is in knowing me your hurts will be healed and all your disappointments will be forgotten. In knowing me you will be fulfilled. (3)

So while you have struggles, trials, and hardships look to me. Look to me to sustain you, and look to me to lift you up. Look to me to encourage you and we will grow closer and closer as we journey together. You will come to know me like you have not known me before, and many times this will be birthed through difficulty and desperation. So do not feel discouraged when you feel desperate, because this is OK. At times, this is part of your path, and part of your process. Just know I am with you, and know we are growing closer together. (4)

In your times of struggle know I am working your character – to refine, strengthen, and build your character for the long term. The struggle will refine your focus along with key issues of your heart. It will help you evaluate what is important and what is not. It will help you to evaluate what is of me, and what is not. It will help to refine your ability to listen, to discern, and to believe. In the midst of all this, know the refinement process is all about your heart, not necessarily about your circumstances or the results you produce.

While at times you may be tempted to remove yourself from this place of struggle, know this is also a place of intimacy for us. As we work through trials and hardships, and overcome persecution and delays, we will grow together. One day you will look back on these trials with fond memories as you reflect and acknowledge how you were growing, and see the blessings and the long term goodness of it all in spite of the temporary discomfort you were experiencing at the time. (5)

I am drawing you close to my heart, as I continue to refine your character and understanding. I will remain faithful in every circumstance no matter what happens. No matter what happens, always remember I am with you, and will never leave you. You are not alone, for I will be with you always, even until the end of the age. (6)

(1) James 1:4, Hebrews 12:1
(2) Joshua 1:9, Philippians 3:14
(3) Deuteronomy 4:29, Genesis 15:1, Revelation 21:4
(4) 2 Corinthians 4:8-10, Romans 8:35-39
(5) Philippians 3:10-11, Acts 14:21-22
(6) 2 Corinthians 4:17, Matthew 28:20

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