Raising Kingdom Kids
Discipline God’s Way – Part 8
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:5-11
Key Verse: Hebrews 12:5
And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you.”
I want to pick up where I left off in yesterday’s devotional. I want to admit to you that I have forgotten, at times, that my hardships are God’s tools to make me what He wants me to be, and what I want to be as a person. It’s so easy to look at our trials and problems as “just the way life is” or “I guess I have done something wrong.” But the truth is God could remove from us all trials and problems if He chose to. Our hard times are not out of God’s reach or out of His control. He filters everything that comes into our life, calculating how it will affect us and judging exactly how He can use it to make us more like Jesus.
Please don’t hear me saying that I believe every hard season in our lives is caused by God; that is not true! This world is broken and it causes the pain and sorrow that we all experience. The good news is God wants to step into the negative circumstances of our lives and change them into a positive force for our good. I hope you have memorized Romans 8:28: “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God…!” That verse does not say that God causes everything, it says, God steps into everything to cause it to turn out for our good, if we love God.
If we can keep this verse in our minds as we face our problems, we can keep the joy of the Lord even when life hurts! Our joy can come from the belief that somehow these troublesome times will turn into blessings in my life. Parents, I know you hope that your kids believe that your discipline will make them better, just like adults must trust God’s work is making us better!
Father, I will see your love at work in all my hardships, In Jesus’ Name, amen.