The Peace Filled Life

To keep our peace, we must trust God’s wisdom and love for us; He promised that all things work out for our good

The Peace-Filled Life
God’s Discipline – Part I

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:4-12

Key Verse: Hebrews 12:7

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?

I need not spend much time trying to convince you that, in this life, we all face troubles. I am not sure of all the reasons why it surprises us Christ followers when things in our lives don’t turn out the way we hoped. For me, it is easy to think that if I truly do everything right, surely it will turn out right as I have defined right! You too?

Today we start a journey to see what the Bible says about this issue. Most of us want to “keep our peace” when our circumstances don’t turn out the way we had hoped. The Bible offers four major possibilities as the reasons behind these events that cause us such disappointment. These reasons can help us think right when things go wrong.

The first major reason won’t surprise most of us: God is disciplining us as a good father does. I’m convinced we tend to assign too many of our negative circumstances to this reason. Nonetheless, it is, indeed, listed in the Bible as a major reason for hardships. Our scripture for today makes it extremely clear that there will be times when our suffering, hardships and reversals in life are being used by God to correct wrong behavior. These particularly tough times possibly could have been avoided if our obedience to God would have been more complete and/or quick.

To keep our peace, we must trust God’s wisdom and love for us. Let’s claim the promise: It’s for our good (Hebrews 12:10).

Father, I want to be your child and I will trust your guidance and discipline. Thank you for caring enough to “lead your dear children along.” In Jesus’ name, amen.

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