Hebrews 12:11 (NIV)
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.
“In suffering, then, I give thanks. I give thanks not for the suffering…but in it. I thank him that his grace is sufficient…And as I praise and thank him, I become aware of two things. The suffering lessens. It lessens because peace in suffering halves its intensity, so that the anxiety and fear that accompanied it have gone. In addition, hope as well as a sense of meaning is born in the suffering. I become almost excited that it will turn to my good.”
“To grasp the secret of disciplinary suffering is to experience a transformation.”
[John White, The Cost of Commitment, p.88-89]
Christian’s goal is not to avoid all suffering, suffering will be there for the Christian, but what will our response be like when suffering comes our way? Let’s be soft hearted in what God could do in the present. May this come about in our lives “…it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
Let’s worship to “In Over My Head” (click here) by Jenn Johnson.
Let’s pray: Father God, I turn towards you and ask for your grace to soften my heart and strengthen me. Lord I want to know you more during this time. May I be transformed to be more like Jesus. In Jesus’ name, Amen.