“the Lord disciplines those he loves,”
–Hebrews 12:6 NIV
Well, isn’t that encouraging? If my parents had told me “We only discipline you because we love you.” I probably would have replied, “Well then, love me a little less.” But as an “adult” I really do see the value in discipline. Discipline is really little more than training. We all need to be trained. By nature we are sinners and are overflowing with destructive behaviors. I see (now) why my parents disciplined me. It wasn’t so much punishment for past actions as it was training for future actions. In hindsight I respect and value my parents actions. I certainly owe the same respect to the actions of my heavenly Father. You and I could write volumes about the physical and emotional trauma and pain we’ve endured thus far in this life. But what of it? Hebrews 12 says, “endure hardship as discipline,”. Our natural reaction may be to lash out at God and accuse Him of some kind of wrongdoing. But hold the phones, even Jesus, God’s only Son suffered. He didn’t enjoy it either. We’re told He “endured the cross, scorning its shame.” -Hebrews 12:2 He endured it realizing there was a purpose for it. The purpose was our salvation. Likewise God has our good in mind. It won’t be pleasant at the time, “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 12:11 NIV God has shown His intentions toward us in Christ. We can trust Him. Endure hardship as discipline. God is treating you like His child. That’s a good thing.