VERNA’S DAILY DEVOTIONAL

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2019

HEBREWS 12:13

HEBREWS 12:
12 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.

 

TALKING TO HIS DISCIPLES ABOUT HARDSHIPS AND DISCIPLINE, PAUL WAS MAKING A RATHER IMPORTANT POINT. DISCIPLES OF CHRIST MUST NOT ONLY ACCEPT CHASTENING AND DISCIPLINE, BUT RECEIVE IT WILLINGLY, KNOWING THAT IT IS AN ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT NOT ONLY FOR GROWTH, BUT IN ORDER TO WALK UPRIGHTLY BEFORE OUR GOD.

IN TODAY’S WORLD, IN A SLANG FORMAT, IS WOULD PROBABLY COME ACROSS AS “SUCK IT IN, GUYS,”  INSTRUCTING DISCIPLES TO USE WHATEVER FORM OF DISCIPLINE & CHASTENING THE FATHER WIELDS AS AN OPPORTUNITY; SO INSTEAD OF FEELING SORRY FOR ONES SELF, PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER “MAN UP,” & PREPARE TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT, OR TO GET THE JOB DONE. THAT “JOB” MAY BE DOING HIS WORK; BUT THAT JOB MAY BE MAKING THINGS RIGHT – LIKE FORGIVING, REPENTING, ETC. – IN ORDER TO DO THE JOB HE MAY CALL US TO.

WE ALL NEED TO BE REMINDED THAT WHEN GOD WIELDS HIS HAND OF DISCIPLINE IT IS ENTIRELY FOR OUR OWN BENEFIT. INSTEAD OF GETTING WEAK-KNEED & GOING INTO SELF-PITY MODE, WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND AND ATTEND TO WHATEVER IT IS WE NEED TO DO TO KEEP THINGS ON TRACK.

IF WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT SERVING AS DISCIPLES OF CHRIST WE MUST ALWAYS KEEP OURSELVES IN RIGHT STANDING BEFORE HIM. THEREFORE, WE MUST LEARN TO WELCOME REPROOF, SEEING IT AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN, DEVELOP, & GROW, EQUIPPING OURSELVES TO SERVE THE MASTER. 

WHAT IS LAME NEEDS HEALING. IF IT DOES NOT FIND HEALING, IT MAY BECOME DISLOCATED; AND IF IT BECOMES DISLOCATED, IT WILL CAUSE PROBLEMS BEFORE LONG. THOSE PROBLEMS CAN MANIFEST IN BITTERNESS, ANGER, ETC., AS THE FOLLOWING VERSE 15 REFERS TO. THAT IS WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO NOT LET THINGS GO TILL THEY FESTER AND BECOME LIKE INFECTED WOUNDS.

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