August 3, 2018
Hebrews 12:7… It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?
This is a brief explanation for our need of endurance. Not all trials and tribulations are from the devil. Sometimes, God is disciplining us and it doesn’t feel much different. The question is, when do we resist and when do we endure? We always endure. “If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn the other cheek.” We don’t choose which tribulation is discipline and which is a satanic attack. God can, and will, use all things for your benefit.
Here is a problem I hear rather often. Everything from God feels good and everything not from God doesn’t. What Jesus experienced on the cross did not feel good, but it was ordained by God. We walk by faith. That does not mean we walk on a soft path with no bad days. Faith is the key to endurance. Endurance is necessary when something doesn’t feel good.
Abraham, the father of the faithful, endured contrary thoughts and feelings when he took Isaac up the mountain to sacrifice him to God. Only because his faith was strong could he obey that command. If he trusted logic and feelings, he couldn’t do it. He trusted God more. God rewarded him by not making him finish the sacrifice. Instead, He offered a ram to sacrifice, which Abraham gladly did. God was foretelling the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, the lamb of God. Abraham was rewarded for his trust. Do you trust God, even when logic and feelings don’t agree with you?
Not everything from God feels good or right. Discipline does not feel good or right. However, we are equally wrong when we try to figure out why He is disciplining us. Our intention in that scenario is to stop doing whatever it is that is requiring discipline. Remember Abraham. What action of his was God disciplining him for? God disciplined him to strengthen and encourage his faith. It does not seem to have been for a specific shortcoming. When you sin, you have the reward of death… Death is guilt and pain, alive in you. When you feel guilt, you are likely guilty. Stop doing whatever it is that makes you guilty. God doesn’t discipline you for sin, but to adjust your heart.