As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all. Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever? 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. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.
It’s not easy to think of discipline as a good thing, especially when we see the word ‘painful’, but it is needed whether we like it or not and I’m not just talking about our kids, I’m talking about us.
As adults we’re used to doling out the discipline, not receiving it. But that’s exactly what the Bible tells us to do – receive it!
Good discipline results in respect, on the flip side those who do not receive this discipline are not God’s children.
The passage says that our earthly father’s did the best they could, just like I, as a father do the best I can everyday to raise my kids according to the Word. This means that fathers make mistakes sometimes and that’s okay, but God does not. When He leads us through a rough patch in life, a valley if you will, we need to remember He’s perfect and He knows what He’s doing.
Sometimes that journey through the valley comes at a time when we least expect it and we can fight against God’s leadership and go our own way but on the other side of that dark and dreary valley is hope, God is leading you there because He knows better than you, or me.
I’m hearing that voice right now and every part of me wants to scream “NO” and God just stretches out His hand and says “follow me.”
Still I resist Him and fight against Him and I know in my heart of hearts that what He wants from me is good and right and that it’ll be painful and my selfish side kicks in, and my cowardice kicks in, and my will must be done, not His mentality kicks in and I’m left standing there with my head in my hands weeping because I know I have to follow Him. Not because He will force me but because He loves me.
I know what to do and I tell myself that I don’t.
If you’re reading this and you too are hearing from God stuff that you didn’t want to hear please know that He still loves you, I’m telling you this from a place of experience not a place of judgment. I have some tough decisions ahead of me that I have been delaying for fear of the unknown and I know there are many out there who are going through the same thing, let’s not make God chase us, He will but let’s let Him lead. Are you with me?