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The Working of Affliction


 

2 Corinthians 4:17

 

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,” 2 Corinthians 4:17.

 

Do you know what a diamond must endure to be a beautiful, shining, sparkling gem? First, after a diamond is mined and before it is processed, it must be separated from the ore by comminuting and liberating the ore. This includes crushing and sometimes recrushing the ore. Then, the crushed ore is placed in a ferrosilicon mixture to be scrubbed, cleaned and processed. The heavier minerals will sink, and a more concentrated amount of diamonds will emerge.

 

This concentrated mix will go through an x-ray sorter. The reflected light from the diamond will set off a sensor, and the diamond will be separated from the other matter. A profitable diamond will now be acid washed.

 

After the acid wash, a diamond is now ready to be cut, ground and sanded. Since diamonds are the hardest substance known to man, a special tool with a blade coated in diamond dust is used to cut the diamond. Then, polishing and more polishing is done before the diamond emerges its fiery, faceted object of beauty.

 

Like the diamond, a believer’s scrubbing, grinding and polishing (our light affliction) yields a useable gem in the service of God.

 

REFLECTION

 

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 4:6).

 

Beverly Barnett

 

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