Dear Brother and Sister in Christ, I greet and bless you in the name of our Creator, Maker, and ever unforgettable Lord Jesus Christ. The blessed word that the Lord has given for you today is from the book of Hebrews 12: 6 “ For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”
My Dear brother and sister, from the above context we come to learn that God the Father, generally trains His children through trials, difficulties and sufferings, just as the Lord Jesus also learned obedience through the things that He suffered, but when a believer is disciplined or chastened by the Lord, we often imagine that God does not love us any more, or that He is inflicting some cruel punishment on us, from which we make every endeavor to escape. But chastening from the Lord is a sign of love, that comes from the Father-heart of God, for the Lord disciplines the son whom He loves. The mature believer is growing from childhood, into son-ship and correction from God is always designed to develop in His children the character, responsibility, obedience and the fruit of the Spirit. God does not want us to remain immature, infants. He wants us to grow in grace and in a knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. But too often we become fretful, angry or discouraged with the chastening we receive from our heavenly Father, and yet the Lord chastens every son including you and me – out of His deep and unconditional love for each one of us.
Paul writing to the Hebrews reminds us, by quoting from the Proverbs, “My son – do not despise the Lord’s discipline nor be weary of his correction, for whom the Lord keeps on loving He keeps on correcting; even as a father the son in whom he delights.”All men are not the objects of God’s love. Only a special people whom He has chosen for Himself, are scourged, by Him. And whom He chastens, He loves them with an everlasting love. He loves them even while they are being chastened. In Bible times many men of God have been chastened, by God. Joseph was thrown into the pit by His own brothers. Then they sold him to the Egyptian merchants, for 20 shekels of silver. Later he was thrown into the prison for no fault of his, by Potiphar. He was accused falsely by Potiphar’s wife. But because he endured patiently the trials that was thrust upon him, God exalted him to the post of Governor of Egypt. No one could have guessed that God was going to lift him up, in the place where he was taken as a slave. Similarly Daniel who was taken to Babylon as captive was thrown into the lion’s den. Since Daniel was a man of prayer God loved him and therefore He shut the mouth of the Lions. God exalted him with wisdom to interpret dreams and visions. Hence King Nebuchadnezzar bowed before him. We see Job was tested by God. He endured patiently therefore God blessed him with a double portion of blessing.
God will bless you also like Joseph, Daniel and Job, if you will endure the trials which you go through in life patiently and without murmuring. It is very difficult. It is very painful if you fall in the hands of God, but remember He loves whom he chastens. Dear children of God to those of you who are reading this message, I request you all that for the sake of His love please endure patiently the all troubles, then He will exalt you and cause you to shine before others. All your grief and sorrow will be erased from your life and you shall not see any more disaster for the rest of your life. Those who had hurt you will reconcile with you . God will reverse all situations in favour of you. The Lord will honour you as He honoured these men of God and grant you beauty for ashes, and gladness of heart instead of pain and sorrow. MAY THE Lord grant you the needed strength to overcome all your trials for the Bible says, “Think it joy when you go through trials.”God Bless you.
Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Thank you Lord for characters like Joseph, Daniel and Job who endured patiently the trials and tribulation in their life. Thank You for loving us as your dearly beloved children, and for training us in the way we should go. Enable us to see beyond our trials, difficulties and sufferings, to the character, responsibility, obedience and the fruit of the Spirit, that You desire to develop in us, for our eternal benefit and for Your greater glory.