Did you ever think how patient God has been with you? He has certainly been longsuffering with me. How? Today’s devotional will explain. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Hebrews 12:5-14 (ESV)
And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor be weary when reproved by him.
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives.”
It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
“My brethren, what pity has the Lord had upon you and me, in all our wanderings! How often have we gone astray; and yet, compared with our wanderings, how seldom have we been chastised! How frequently have we broken his commandments, and rebelled against his covenant; and yet how light have been the strokes of chastisement, compared with the weight of our guilt; and how seldom hath he afflicted us, compared with the frequency of our transgressions! How hath he had patience with all our shortcomings, and hath bidden his hand be still, when, if it had been like ours, it would have risen in hot anger to smite us to the dust!” [Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit XLV, (London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1899), p/ 435]