7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
Sometimes things just don’t work according my plans. Even with careful accounting, consideration, and counsel, I am disappointed and even hurt. Eventually the folly of my ways is exposed and God’s will is revealed through discipline. When I step out of His will, I don’t see it in the moment. A lost opportunity, a family battle, a legal injustice, or an unfair financial burden may seem unfair. When I sin, I step out of His will for me. The ultimate destination still stands, and He will make it so. What am I thinking in these tough moments? Do I believe God stops loving me or loves me less and these burdens signify abandonment? Do I see a God who gives up on me because I have sinned in the same fashion a thousand times?God doesn’t love me with an on off switch. Click To Tweet
It is not a conditional love. As My eternal father, He knows discipline leads to significant change more than anything. How can I recognize my sinful nature in a better fashion? Today I must seek a deeper perspective, that I am often blind to the reality of my actions.
As a child of God, I am so loved that He will provide direction and redirection as I falter. Eternal “coaching” from my Father in Heaven. This is priceless as my reward is great fruit for the kingdom. What great comfort there is in knowing that!