FRIDAY, JULY 20
“For they [earthly fathers] disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness.
All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.”
Hebrews 12:10-11 NASB
WHALE LIFE: GOD’S CHILDREN
A condo committee was screening a couple interested in renting an apartment. “What kind of work do you do?” they asked. “My husband is an engineer and I’m a school teacher,” the lady replied. “Any children?” the committee asked. The applicant replied, “Two, one is 7, and the other is 8.” “Animals?” asked the committee. “Oh, no!” she replied, ” They’re very well behaved.”
Every parent knows there are times when our kids behave like animals. And every parent knows it’s probably the other parents fault. Seriously, good parents love their kids. And because they love their kids, they discipline their kids. If you are a Christian, you are God’s child. And because God loves you He disciplines you. Jan Marshall wrote, “Child training is merely knowing which end of your child to pat… and when.” (Jan Marshall, Still Hanging in There) God knows where and when to pat His children.
The author of Hebrews taught us that the goal of God’s discipline is our good, sharing in His holiness and the peaceable fruit of righteousness. What is good for us is to live lives that are separated for God’s special purpose (holiness) and enjoy the peace that comes from living that way. Are you experiencing the peace that comes from living God’s way? If so, it’s a gift from God. If you’re not experiencing that peace, ask God to give you His peace today and to give you the power to live His way.