Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:5-13
Key Verse: Hebrews 12:7
As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father?
The author of Hebrews quotes from Proverbs about what the New Living Translation calls “Divine Discipline”. This passage of scripture reminds us that discipline is not to be discouraging because it is a sign of how much God loves us!
That is not an easy instruction to live out; discipline by its nature is tough to endure. The mindset that I have tried to live by is this: “if God allows it, then He knows I need it”.
When you are going through a rough patch, you, as a Believer, can take comfort in that God is still in control. If our loving Father is still in control, then we have nothing to worry about. Do not lose touch with the fact that He has promised that to take all negative circumstances of our lives and turn them into something good.
One of the purposes of Divine Discipline is found in Hebrews 12:10: “For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in His holiness.”
God is not against us being happy. But God does not want us to be happy at the expense of our holiness. Hebrews 12:14 tells us that “without holiness, no one will see the Lord.” We may never enjoy Divine Discipline, but we can surely rejoice knowing that God so wants us to enter heaven that He will do the work needed in us to get us there.
Here is a great question: Are all the difficulties in our lives God’s discipline?
I do not think God creates difficulties for us so He can discipline us. But I do believe God can use our difficulties to help us to become a little more holy.
God may remove His protective covering over us to make us more like Jesus. For our encouragement, Hebrews 12:11 reminds us that “No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.”
Do not lose sight of the fact that after the discipline is over, you will have a peaceful heart that God has just trained to be more like Jesus.
Why do millions go to the gym these days? The gym can cause pain, is hard work, and usually results in a lot of sweating! Why would anyone pay money for this to happen to them? We all know the answer. It is because we believe we will be in better shape and live longer if we allow this temporary pain to play out in our lives.
So, it is the same with our journey with God, through Jesus Christ. We receive this Divine Discipline with a belief that we will be better people afterwards.
Father, I trust your discipline and rejoice in it! In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.