God’s Discipline – Part 2
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:5-14
Key Verse: Revelation 3:19
I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.
As we continue looking at God’s discipline from yesterday’s devotional, we read that God’s discipline is always for our good. In Hebrews 12:10 the scripture assures us that God disciplines us for our good that we may share in His holiness. God doesn’t discipline us out of anger; He comes to us wanting us to be like Him—Holy! If you read further down in chapter twelve, you’ll read that “without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). This is why God’s discipline is always out of love. He wants to see us and spend eternity with us.
The fifth lesson from this passage is: No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. This lesson reminds us that God is more interested in your character than your comfort. He doesn’t enjoy seeing us in the pain that discipline brings, but He would hate worse the outcome of who we would be without His discipline.
The sixth and final lesson of this passage is to strengthen our “feeble arms and weak knees” (Hebrews 12:12). That means, stop allowing these present hardships to discourage you. Remind yourself God is loving on you, wanting you to grow more like Jesus! Don’t listen to the voice of the evil one that tells you God is mad at you and your troubles are punishment. God is a God of love. Trust His work in your life.
Father, keep up your good work in me and on me. I give you permission to make me what you want me to be. In Jesus’ name, amen.