” 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.”
It’s very easy for us to turn in on ourselves and feel that we will be forever defined by the sin which has been committed.
This morning I have been reading about Moses. It was because of his failure that he ended up as a lowly shepherd. It must have seemed a great fall as he looked after Jethro’s sheep in the wilderness.
I thank God this morning that it wasn’t the end of Moses’ story but the beginning. It was the start of God molding and shaping him and making him useful.
I thought too of Joseph. I can’t begin to imagine how overwhelmed he became with life’s struggles. Hated and badly treated by those who should have loved him, sold into slavery, wrongly accused and imprisoned and left to languish. And yet God had not forgotten him.
In order to grow and mature us, sometimes we have to undergo God’s boot camp. By experiencing hard circumstances, we start to understand that the things we hold dear, actually aren’t as important as we first thought. It seems as though God has taken us through his boot camp where we have experienced many hard things. It has appeared harsh and severe, but rather than finishing us off, it’s produced in us many good things and made us love God even more. His discipline has shown us how much God loves us.
God often uses hard and impossible situations to make us more like him. In it all, God has used it for our good. As long as we trust him and submit to his will he will continue to grow us and give us peace.
My husband and I have both undergone boot camp. It’s the same process but for different reasons. For my husband, I pray that God lifts him up in due time. I don’t know when that time will be. Maybe it will be decades. Maybe it won’t be in this life. But we can be sure of this; We will stand before the throne faultless. We will cling onto that robe of pure white and wrap it around ourselves – in eternity, the consequences of all our failings will be forgotten and gone. While we are here, the consequences will continue to shape and mold us.
“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.”