“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? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.” Hebrews 12:7-10
It is a natural thought process for us to believe that when we make a wrong choice (a sinful choice) God disciplines us for making that choice. We get a lot of what we think about God based on what we see from our parents and there are many people who don’t have great examples from their parents. Many parents react to a “wrong” choice we make, in anger. It’s almost like we have offended them or dishonored them and in retribution they respond in anger…they discipline in anger. I know this happens because I struggle with it as a parent and I have to confess to my kids often that I am a sinner and I need their forgiveness.
Sometimes we reach the end of our rope and we snap. A lot of times this is the way parents respond to kids.
Therefore this gives us the mentality that God is waiting the “zap” us when we make a wrong choice. This is not what Hebrews 12:7-10 says at all. The entire Bible says something differently about God.
God always disciplines with the hope of repentance in mind. He disciplines us because He loves us. He disciplines us because He wants us to run back to Him.
When 1 Peter 1:17 says, “And if you call on Him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear…” Peter is saying, “If you call on God who disciplines everyone fairly on what they do, conduct yourselves with fear…”
God does not discipline out of anger, he disciplines out of love…it is always with hopes of drawing you back to Himself
- It is not in anger that God leads us to feel guilty after we’ve sinned…it’s His love for us.
- It is not in anger that God allows someone to get pregnant in High School…its to lead us back to Him.
- It not in anger that God allows a friend to be killed in a car accident…it’s to lead us (his friends) to depend more on Him and not ourselves.
Our greatest strength is extremely weak compared to God’s strength.
The Bible tells us that the worse thing we can receive from God is when He stops convicting you of your sin and stops leading you to himself.
“(21) For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened…(24) Therefore God gave them up in their lust of their hearts… (26) For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions… (28) And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to ta debased mind to do what ought not to be done.” Romans 1:21, 24, 26, 28
Back to Recap on Week 4, this is where the “fear of God” comes back into play. I know the power of God that saved me from hell and I fear loving myself (and what I want to do) more than I love God. That encourages me to know God and love Him more and more in my daily life.