Day 3: Legitimate

Hebrews 12:9-10 (NLT/NIV)
Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever? 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.

“…the cause matters relatively little. What matters is my reaction to suffering. For I may be ‘trained by’ suffering without understanding fully the reasons giving rise to it…He is still the active ruler of the universe. He is still my heavenly Father. He knows what I suffer and cares. For all of this I must thank and praise him. Moreover, in a way that defies analysis, God is able to bring good out of evil.” [John White, The Cost of Commitment, p.89]

“Divine discipline” is only for God’s children. Christian suffering by way of discipline – correction and instruction is only for legitimate children. Suffering no matter the origin (common lot or sin committed) could be used by God for good of the child. The point isn’t ultimately to make sense of suffering, but encounter God, our heavenly Father in our suffering.

Let’s worship to “Here Again” (click here) by Chris Brown.

Let’s pray: Father God, I want to encounter you today. You love me so much. Help me to experience your Father’s love for me. Thank you for affirming my identity. I submit to your loving training for me as your child. In Jesus’ name, Amen.