In the factory there is a lot of heating, hitting, bending and twisting. It is the cry of the metal that will be heard all day as long as the factory is open. Everybody is busy at work and the smell of molten metal and the sound of metal cutters and grinders saturate the atmosphere.
It is the heating that actually tests the kind of material that the factory is using to produce its products (I Corinthians 3: 13). If you are manufacturing aircraft engines you cannot use aluminum because it cannot stand the excessive heat but will melt away. If you are making roofing sheets you cannot use cast iron because though it looks stronger than zinc it cannot stand the rains and moisture as the zinc would.
Though the workers are busy in the factory, it is the hitting and bending that actually produces the smartest and carefully designed items. The metal could be making so much noise when hit but it is necessary for the production line to come up with quality products.
The challenges of life could be tossing you up to and fro, you could be pressed from every side but be rest assured you will not crush (II Corinthians 4: 8). You could be experiencing so much heat on your head but do not give up, you are in the Lordís factory. God is busy preparing vessels that are necessary for the propagating of the Gospel for such a time as this. Though it hurts so much I assure you are being turned into a vessel of gold suitable for the Masterís use (II Timothy 2:21). The toughest of metals have been exposed to so much stress and straining. Gold is gold because of so much fire it went through. The tests that you go through are mere tests to check your materiality as you go through life.You are still in the factory and watch out when you come out from the factory you will be ahead only and not behind, you shall be above only and not beneath.