3. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.
4. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.
5And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said,
“My child, don’t make light of the LORD’s discipline,
and don’t give up when he corrects you.
6. For the LORD disciplines those he loves,
and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”
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?
8. If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all.
9. Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever?
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.
11. 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.
Hebrews 12:3–11 NLT
Today’s passage is all about Discipline. However, as we begin to look at it through the author’s eyes, we see that this Discipline may differ from what you may be used to from a natural perspective. This is another instance of the “Strong Meat of the Word” that the author is offering to us to make us more mature and able to thrive in this life.
The author begins this passage with encouragement for us as we face God’s Discipline and we manage the hardships of this life. He tells us to look at our inevitable issues from a different perspective than we may have in the past.
First of all, we need to consider what Jesus endured at the hands of sinful individuals so that as we compare the tenor of our struggles, we clearly see that His experience was far worse, and we can then stand strong, persevere, and refuse to give up in the midst of our trials.
Here’s the thing, no matter how bad we consider the tests and trials we are facing, none of us have ever faced what Jesus did. We have never had to “resist unto blood, striving against sin.”, that is to say, we have not had to face torture and death as we tried to live our lives as Christians. Regardless of how things may seem, trust me, it could get worse.
Beyond that, the author reminds us that God has Given us encouragement of His Own as we encounter “Hard Trials”. He tells us not to dismiss the Discipline and Tests we go through in this life because they are meant to make us stronger. He goes on to remind us that God only Disciplines those that He Loves.
The fact is, that if God offers you Discipline, He is dealing with you as His Own Children. Even our natural fathers discipline us. We accept that punishment and even if we complain, we take it because that’s what they are supposed to do. They don’t even have the benefit of God’s Wisdom and Foresight and yet we still take their chastening.
If God never Disciplined us, we could not be considered His Children and if we are not His Children then we cannot be partakers in the Blessings, Favor, and Inheritance of His Family members. We take our natural father’s discipline because it makes us better people, however, the Discipline of God gives us the added benefit of Preparing us for Eternal Life with Him!
It is true that no Discipline seems pleasurable when we are in the middle of experiencing it. However, when it is all said and done, and we have yielded the “Fruit of our Trials” we will see just how much God’s Discipline has been worth as we accept the Gift of our Heavenly Reward in His Presence.
No, Discipline is never fun but not only is it necessary, and the Proof that God Loves us and that we are indeed His Children but it Prepares us for the Life to Come by trimming away the dirt and filth that encompasses our lives. It melts us down so that we can have our impurities skimmed away, and polishes us so that we can reflect the Dazzling and Perfect Light of God more brilliantly, giving Him the Glory that He is absolutely Due!
This is the Reality of God’s Discipline. It is not just harsh punishment, it is Loving, Gentle, and Necessary Nurturing without which we cannot be considered the sons and daughters of God. I hope this gives you a different perspective on the Discipline of the Lord and will allow you to stand strong the next time it comes because no matter how it may feel at the time, it is only meant for your good!
Have a Momentous Monday and Stay Safe out there!