God’s Discipline – Part 2
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:4-12
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
We started the journey yesterday to figure out some biblical reasons for the bad things that happen in our lives. Today we continue to discuss the fact that one of the major explanations is for disciplinary purposes. God uses the hurts and reversals of our lives to correct behavior that is sinful or leads us into sinful behavior.
Our key verse for today speaks a warning to us concerning this discipline: Don’t take it lightly! Have you raised a child who seemed (seems) to take discipline lightly? That can mean a couple of things. One, taking discipline lightly can mean not taking it seriously. Some of God’s children can take a “so what” attitude to God’s discipline. As any parent knows, that means a tougher approach is needed. Our Father is serious when He allows us to experience pain for discipline and He wants us to take it seriously. If we don’t take it seriously, paying too little attention to it, more intense trouble may be needed!
The second thing that taking God’s discipline lightly could mean is not truly recognizing it for what it is! I like to refer to this as: not connecting the dots. When I was a kid, I would connect dots on a coloring book page to create a picture. If I connected the dots correctly, I created a clear picture or image. When I don’t recognize my hardship as discipline, when God meant it for discipline, I miss the “picture” He is trying to create. I fall short of the image of Christ He desires! Let’s be careful to not take lightly what God takes seriously.
Father, if you see a flaw in my character, I want to be serious about correcting it. I pledge my full cooperation in becoming more like you. In Jesus’ Name, amen.