Suffering: not the end.
“Does the plowman keep plowing all day to sow?” Isaiah 28:24
Plowing is an essential aspect of agricultural activities. Before a farmer can sow the seed he has to break up the fallow ground and level it. This is hard work indeed. But the farmer does not keep on doing it with out any end. Once his work on the soil is over he will sow the seed. He does his work step by step.
The Lord shows it as in example to Judah about His dealings with them. He may be breaking them at present. That’s not easy; a hardened, barren land needs to be broken and prepared. Similarly Judah, even each one of us, before the Lord can make us a fruitful, fertile land, he has to break us, prepare us.
Nevertheless, that work will come to an end. He will not keep on breaking us; He will come to the next step. So, the Lord may allow hardship in life to mould and prepare us for better. He will complete His purposes in us, and make us just like a fruitful field.
Believer, today He may be breaking you, painful and even shameful events. Be strong, He will not do it forever. He is working on you to make you better. He will finish it, wait patiently and yield to the Lord who knows the best for us.