KEY THOT: Like earthly fathers, God’s favour towards His children is for a lifetime. But there will be times when we stray and walk off the path of righteousness. That will be when we experience His displeasure and rebuke. However, that moment of displeasure will be short as God’s default mode is to bless us and to make His face shine upon us. But there will be times in our lives when God’s love compels him to discipline us. This truth is stated quite unequivocally in Hebrews 12:5-9.
- My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son." Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. 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 our spirits and live!
Lord, teach us to walk like true sons and daughters of God. Help us live like Jesus, the Son of God who always submit to the Father that we may always experience Your pleasure. Amen.