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Devotion: Discipline from Father
Going through the mill? Being stretched or pushed? What can be done? Besides changing your circumstances (maybe you can, maybe you can’t), turn to the Lord and ask Him if there’s anything He’s trying to teach you through this.
This learning is for our attitude and our heart, which Father is much more interested in that our mere situation:
Hebrews 12:7-11 (NIV)
Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline —then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 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 spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order 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.
Father, what are you saying to me from these verses about my circumstances?
Proverbs 15:5 NIV
A fool spurns a parent’s discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.
Job 5:17-18 NIV
“Blessed is the one whom God corrects;
so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.
For he wounds, but he also binds up;
He injures, but his hands also heal.
Revelation 3:19-20 NIV
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
Again, Father, what are you saying to me from these verses about my circumstances?
Facing challenges isn’t easy, might be unpleasant, but the results (fruit) are freedom and strength and peace. We are not alone. He is with us and He loves us. He wants the best for you.