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How Do We View God’s Discipline?

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“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”
Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children.”

Hebrews 4:5-7

The Lord disciplines us to mold us to conform to his Son. He also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son. (Romans 8:29) How does the Lord discipline us and what should our attitude be about the Lord disciplining us, especially since discipline is not something we enjoy.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28) This verse is true for those in God’s family because we love him and we are called for his purpose.  This verse is true if we view it in the spiritual and not just the physical.  Tragedies can enter our life, such as sickness, disease, or unexpected death of a loved one.  These things happen to all people included God’s people and he comforts us in our sorrow because he feels our pain. He not only comforts us so we can comfort others, he will draw us closer to him if we seek him, and will strengthen us through his love and power.

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. (Psalm 40:1-3) Whatever we go through in life continue to trust the Lord, praise his name with a thankful heart because he is with you and will comfort you, and heaven is your home. If you go through a tragedy know the Lord knows your hurt; dwell in the shelter of the most high through prayer, his Word, and Christian fellowship.

Joseph the son of Jacob was sold by his brothers into slavery. He was taken to Egypt and bought by Potifer the captain of the guard. He was later wrongly accused and was sent prison.  After thirteen years he interpreted and dream for Pharaoh and Joseph became second in command of all Egypt.  These thirteen years God disciplined Joseph, but Joseph never knew what tomorrow would bring but he continued to trust the Lord.  The story is in Genesis 37-53.

Joseph is a model for us to look at everything that happens to us in this life, knowing God will use to discipline us and he will work it for our good. Faith is required to endure discipline. Knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:3-4) Going through the trials of life, God will mold us so we will lack nothing.

Today view whatever trials you are going through as a test of your faith, and know the result of the trial will be for your good.  Memorize Romans 8:28 and walk as the Lord’s servant knowing everything in life will work for your good providing you trust the Lord to guide you.

Prayer: Lord help me to see discipline as a means for spiritual growth, bringing me closer to you and to depend on you more.  Lord how can ever become more Christ-like with discipline.  Thank you for your infinite knowledge and love.  In Jesus name, Amen