For the black cummin is not threshed with a threshing sledge, Nor is a cartwheel rolled over the cummin; But the black cummin is beaten out with a stick, And the cummin with a rod. Bread flour must be ground; Therefore he does not thresh it forever, Break it with his cartwheel, Or crush it with his horsemen. This also comes from the Lord of hosts, Who is wonderful in counsel and excellent in guidance.
We should never accuse God of excess or overkill. He has a plan and it shall be accomplished to the utmost with no waste of effort of resources. Each hammer blow, strike with the rod or lap of the grinding wheel is lovingly calculated to achieve some state in the servant upon whom they fall. As we walk in this temporal realm with its pain, sorrow, suffering, humiliation and frustrations it is a great comfort for us to know that our good and gracious God not only orchestrated the events but gives oversight to the whole process and will not let it endure one moment longer than is necessary. He will be glorified in you, in me, in all things and that is all that really matters. Is it possible to achieve a state of no self-interest? It is not only possible but inevitable for the child of God who is destined to be made into the image of the glorious Lord Jesus. Your Father’s love for you demands that He do what is necessary to accomplish His purpose for you. The love of things, self and temporal pleasures must be purged. At times it is evident where God is working in one of His children’s lives but much of the time it is born in secret, deep in the soul, where no one but the interested parties are aware. As the Great Shepherd told Much-Afraid in Hinds Feet on High Place, “All the fairest beauties in the human soul, its greatest victories, and its most splendid achievements are always those which no one else knows anything about, or can only dimly guess at. Every inner response of the human heart to Love and every conquest of self-love is a new flower on the tree of Love.” We have learned to medicate ourselves with media saturation, medicines and temporal pleasures in such a way that we have no realization of the grinding wheel of God. Our will must be broken under the wheel of God. This will only happen if remain cognizant of God’s work in us and submit ourselves to His work. An German proverb states, “The grinding wheel of God grinds slow but it grinds fine.” This is only so if it is necessary. Our part is to offer ourselves as living sacrifices and trust that God will do what is right, good and best because He will.