Daily Devotion - November 4, 2020 - Principle 3: Endure Hardships as Discipline

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – November 4, 2020
Reading:
Hebrews 12:1-13
Weekly Theme: Godly Principles that Give Life
Today: Endure Hardships as Discipline

When I was a young child, my parents disciplined me in many ways. There were rules, expectations, and responsibilities. There were also consequences when rules were broken, expectations were not met, and responsibilities were not taken seriously. My parents believed in discipline in many forms to include a good old-fashioned spanking. While I do not promote spankings, I do view discipline, a very Godly principle according to today’s Scripture reading.

Discipline comes in many forms. For the athlete, no matter what sport, discipline is critical to excelling in any sport. The athlete must adhere to a routine training schedule in order to excel in his or her sport. Without this discipline, they will not be successful. Training can be a hardship; it is often physically painful and requires sacrificing time and commitment. Organized sports are coached by people who have experience in helping athletes become disciplined. They are trained in how to teach the sport and help the athlete have knowledge about strategies and techniques to enhance natural abilities. In other words, athletes must endure hardships and discipline to excel.

Parents discipline children, coaches discipline athletes because they love and care about them and want to see them succeed. The disciplined child or athlete reflects very favorably on parents or coaches. The same is true with God. God loves us so much that he sent his own Son to endure suffering, even death, on the cross so that we might be redeemed and that God’s grace might be made available to all who receive it. Jesus overcame death and ascended to heaven where he sits, in glory, next to God. Jesus in his humanness even prayed that this hardship be removed if it be God’s will. But God knew that a greater good was in store resulting from Christ’s suffering and that Christ would be raised in and to glory. God was not disciplining Jesus because he disobeyed but rather allowed Jesus to endure hardships so that God’s will might be done through Christ.

God both disciplines us and allows us to endure hardships because God loves us and wants us to gain spiritual knowledge, to be respectable and most of all, to grow in holiness. Discipline is not enjoyable for the disciplinarian or for the one being disciplined but is necessary for increased strength and the spiritual fruit of righteousness. God disciplines us because God knows that it will lead to spiritual blessings. So the next time you are enduring hardships and feel God is disciplining you, take time to reflect on all the spiritual training you have learned and remember God knows that from hardships and discipline come great spiritual blessings.

Dear God, thank you for being the ultimate disciplinarian and giving us parents and spiritual leaders to also train and discipline us. Help us to receive Your discipline as an expression of your love that we might receive spiritual blessings of eternal love, joy, hope and peace. Amen.

 
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