For the Lord disciplines those He loves
Discipline lies at the heart of parenting. We bring home a newborn baby and are suddenly responsible for not only it’s food and shelter, but turning him into a productive member of society. It’s a 24/7 job that is not always easy, because we know that a lack of discipline can lead to unruly behavior. Discipline is more than just doling out punishments when our kids misbehave. It’s about training a child to obey a code of behavior. It is what we do for our children because we love them.
Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 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. Hebrews 12:7, 11
What if we began to look at our personal trials as training from God because He loves us? He allows painful situations to come into our lives, so that He can transform us through them. When we first accept Christ, we are like a newborn baby in the sense that we are spiritually immature. We need God to parent us into spiritual maturity, and one of the ways He does this is through discipline. He puts us through painful circumstances that will grow our faith, as we learn to trust Him in every situation. God is training us to become more Christlike, in order to use us to do the good works which He has prepared in advance for us. (Ephesians 2:10) When we realize that God’s discipline is for our good, and is necessary for us to become holy, our entire perspective can change when we go through tough times.
Do you grow closer or farther from God when facing a painful circumstance? Have you ever felt that God put you through a trial because He was punishing you? Pray that you would see trials as God’s way of purifying His children.