In keeping with the thought of racing before the “Faith Hall of Famers” the writer of Hebrews reminds us of the discipline it takes to win a race. We want to be done with the training and to lay by the pool as some sort of spiritual Diva. We do not want to fight in the war, we want to minister in our wealth. We want to entertain and speak of the great blessings we receive from God…
One need only to have raised children to realize that it is the scrapes, the tears, the struggles and the discipline that makes our kids great–not the toys, the trips to the amusement park or the bowing to every whim. In fact, the latter make the kids soft, spoiled and unruly. Further, when we see the training of professional soldiers, athletes and doctors–it is rigorous and often seemingly unbearable–but produces the best people to fulfill their mission.
In our journey, we need to welcome the training and the discipline. Rest assured, it will be unpleasant, and often seemingly unbearable. But, as we work through the daily struggles, we see God making us into the professional soldiers we need to be to complete the mission for which we are called. His spirit comforts us, guides us strengthens us and carries the work to completion until his return.
I Corinthians 10:13 promises our discipline is common. We won’t be pushed beyond our abilities. And we will have a way to walk away. He will prepare us, build us and train us so that we can finish the race and keep the faith. Welcome the training and the discipline–then we can truly see God’s plan worked in our lives!
God Bless You
In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”
7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 9 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 spirits and live! 10 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. 11 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.
12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.