Biblical perspective of our tough times is often different from ours

Praise Him in My Dismay
Rejoice, You’re a Child – Part 1

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:6-12

Key Verse: Hebrews 12:5

And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you

The biblical perspective of our tough times in life is too often different from our perspective.  Our printed key verse for today sets the tone for the verses that follow: A word of encouragement.  The Hebrew writer sees what he is saying as a “good word,” not a negative one.  He sees our trials and tribulations as something to give us encouragement, not discouragement.  We see this in other scriptures, such as James 1:2 – “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.”

Our theme this week is “Praise Him in My Dismay” and we must have the biblical perspective of the situation that is causing us dismay if we really praise Him!  The Hebrew writer reminds us that the Lord disciplines those He loves.  In our dismay we must never lose sight of the fact that everything that comes to us is filtered through God’s love!  As the title for this devotional says, rejoice, you’re a Child…a child of God!

Verse seven challenges us to “endure hardship as discipline.”  The Greek word used for “endure” is: hupomeno and has the literal meaning of one who holds fast to one’s faith in Christ.  This word indicates one who is calm; one who is abiding—even under misfortune.  As you walk through tough times, abide in Christ.  (Continued)

Father, I want to see all my life from your perspective.  Open my eyes to the truth about the trials and troubles I face.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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