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Saturday, March 8, 2008

God's discipline

I have been doing a lot of thinking about the events in my life over the last six months. I don't know what to make of them. I know that no matter what is going on, God has a hand in it and he remains with me. I told a friend yesterday that I am ready for this time in my life to be over and to feel God's promised blessings. I know I was being selfish saying that and it made me think of a passage I read a few weeks ago. I thought I would share it, in case any of you are going through hard times.

"Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. 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

I never had thought of hardship as discipline from God. Just a little something to think about. Let me know what you think.