Today’s devotion is based on Hebrews 12:10-12, “Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. 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. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.”
Some of you reading this today might struggle with this text if you had an abusive father. This text is not talking about them. It is talking about loving fathers who disciplined their children, sometimes imperfectly, for their child’s well-being.
The same is true for God’s children. It is sometimes essential, even critical, for him to discipline us. So while God may allow challenging things into the lives of his children, Christ’s followers know God’s intent is not to treat his children cruelly. God desires to turn our eyes and hearts to him and his Word. God’s goal is to grow our faith as we trust his promises. Our almighty, all-wise, and loving God will use even painful troubles to discipline us and “produce a harvest of righteousness and peace.” This pain is temporary. Our joy with God in heaven will be eternal.
Please pray with me; Heavenly Father, increase my trust in you when you allow trouble into my life. Use those times to turn me back to your Word and your strength. Please keep me close to you with your sure promises and love. In and through Jesus’ holy name, I pray. Amen.