Our devotion today concerns my final thought dealing with the suffering of the Christian and that is “Disciplinary Suffering” today. My text is in Hebrews 12:5-11, but I’ll use vs. 5-6 here “And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” (KJV) The definition of the word “disciplinary” is “actions necessary to enforce discipline” and in plainer words, this area of suffering is that which we bring upon our self, due to willful disobedience and the actions God takes in our life to bring us back to closeness with Him. I believe that we will know “why” we are facing what we face in this area of suffering.
First, I believe God will warn His child through preaching and admonition (warning), as Colossians 1:27-28 tells us. “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:” (KJV) Second, I believe that God will chasten his child if the warnings from the preached Word of God are not heeded, as Proverbs 3:11-12 tells us. “My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.” (KJV) Finally, God CAN judge His child as I John 5:16 tells us. “If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.” (KJV) Our lesson here? Let’s don’t bring unnecessary suffering on our self because of being willfully disobedient, proud and unrepentant.
Pastor Joey Durham