INSPIRING DAILY DEVOTIONAL ® … God disciplines us
Text(s) for today: Read Heb. 12:3-13
“No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening – it is painful! But afterwards there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.” Heb. 12:11 NLT.
Have you ever wondered what King David meant when he said, “Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me?”
He had learnt to submit to God’s strict discipline in such a way that he now received comfort from it, instead of discomfort.
Throughout the Book of Psalms, we see many times that David saw himself as sheep with God as his shepherd. The ‘rod’ and ‘staff’ are shepherding tools for inflicting pain on the animals/flock. This is done by the shepherd to induce right behaviour in the animals/flock.
When we were children, one of the things we hated most was the cane – whether it be found at home or at school. I remember we often considered the teachers who flogged us often as callous and evil. Funny enough, the mindset of many children today is no different.
When I reminisce those days and consider today, I greatly appreciate the hard training that was forced on me. Those of us who submitted to the discipline of our teachers and parents, and even our Christian leaders have indeed benefited greatly. Now instead of reporting late to places, we’re punctual: instead of going fisticuffs to defend ourselves, we go for a more ideal resolution.
Indeed, it has helped mould in me great virtues – top-notch demeanour which is positively affecting and influencing the world round me today. Praise God!
Beloved, Papa God relates with us today the same way. As His children, He disciplines us (Heb. 12:5-8). As seen in today’s key verse, we’re guaranteed of a great future when we go through that discipline. Praise God!
You may be at a discipline stage in your life right now. Perhaps you might be thinking you’re where you find yourself today because of one mistake of yours or another. But even if it was your mistake, God will use it for your good (Rom. 8:28). The story of Joseph vividly illustrates this truth. Joseph might have thought that if he had kept the dream to himself, he would have not been sold, yet God used this seeming ‘mistake’ to elevate him in the long run.
What ever your situation, I want you to understand that God loves you and your tomorrow is far better than today. Only one thing is needful: submit to God’s hard training.
Cheer up, child of God!
Prayer & Confessions (pray out loudly)
LORD I’m so grateful you’re a God of discipline. Like David, I pray and declare that I receive comfort from your discipline. Continue to help me fully submit to your discipline, in Jesus’ mighty name, amen!
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