Hitting the Mark
Suffering for the Gospel – Part 6
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:7-11
Key Verse: 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.
I hope you had time to read the suggested reading passages in Hebrews 12. In verse seven, the Bible tells us to endure hardship as discipline, divine discipline from God. The writer of Hebrews reminds us that only truly loving fathers discipline their children and God’s discipline is from the deepest of love for us. According to verse ten, the result of God’s discipline is that we can share His holiness. Our Father will never compromise our development to make us comfortable in this life. We, as His children, naturally always want to be comfortable, so we pray for it daily. He understands these requests, just like we understand our young children asking that we give them everything they want. However, in the end, we will be so grateful that our Father made us into people that we could never become on our own.
When you are enduring some hardship and suffering of some sort, do you endure it as discipline from the Lord? Our perspective on our suffering will determine our attitude and level of joy. If we see our suffering as punishment from a God who is mad at us, this suffering is miserable. But if we understand that God wants us to share in His character—to share in His glory—and is helping us accomplish that, then suffering is tolerable with a good attitude. It reminds me of the discipline of exercise; it can be a form of suffering, causing lots of aches and pains. Yet we willingly do it to accomplish a goal. So, it is in our relationship with God, suffering should be endured as a discipline that accomplishes a goal! God is making us into a person that we can be proud of and He gets all the glory through our lives. (Continued)
Father, mold me into the person you want. In Jesus’ Name, amen.