Apostle Grace Lubega
Hebrews 12:6-7 (KJV); For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
When the Lord chastises His children, He does not do so merely out of a desire to inflict pain, He does so to discipline them to receive what He has prepared for them.
Chastisement by God is not intended to separate us from our inheritance. He does not discipline us in a manner that deprives us of what He has ordained as our portion. Rather, the purpose of His chastisement is to make us ready for what He has already provided.
The Message version of verse 7 of our theme scripture says, “This trouble you’re in isn’t punishment; it’s training.”
What a perspective! It is training, not punishment.
Never consider chastisement as God’s attempt to deprive you of any good thing. An attitude that considers it as deprivation and not training will result in you missing key instructions from the Father.
If you do not understand this truth, you will sulk when chastised. Sulking will not get you any nearer to what you must enjoy as a child of God. Instead, it will delay you from entering into your divinely ordained destiny. A true son embraces chastisement with humility because he knows that it is training for a greater level in God.
FURTHER STUDY: Romans 8:18, 1 Corinthians 11:31-32
GOLDEN NUGGET: Chastisement by God is not intended to separate us from our inheritance. He does not discipline us in a manner that deprives us of what He has ordained as our portion. The purpose of His chastisement is to make us ready for what He has already provided.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. I know that I am a child in the Father’s house. I receive chastisement with humility knowing that You are training me for greater responsibility. My spirit is fully yielded to You as You deal with me, teach me and lead me in the paths of righteousness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.