Today’s Scrip-Bit 19 July 2016 Hebrews 12:11

Hebrews 12:11.    Now no chastening (discipline) for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised (trained) thereby.

Welcome, welcome one and all to a brand new, glorious day on planet earth! 

Our magnificent and magnanimous God is still on His throne running things, so there’s nothing to worry about. We just need to cast all our cares and burdens on Him and ask for His guidance and leadership. I know that’s difficult for some of us to do, but it’s what He desires, and if we want to be obedient, then we have to do as He says. 

Now I could not pass up this poem from our One Year Book of Bible Promises with writings by Ruth Harms Calkin, because it sounds like so many of us. It’s titled ‘Intrusions.’ 

Please read with me. ‘A thousand intrusions Have crowded my life today. My reaction Lord? I’ve resented everyone. And now I read in Your Word That I’m to put out the welcome sign! In fact, I must welcome each intrusion As a personal friend. (Perhaps even serve tea, Lord?) You assure me that You have a purpose For their continual persistence: 

My faith needs depth My endurance needs development. I have no argument with that, Lord But I had hoped an hour or two Of trial and testing would suffice. Or a day at most, dear God. But again You remind me That the process must continue Until maturity becomes my password And independence becomes my goal And the Crown of Life becomes my reward.’ 

Ah friends, doesn’t that sound just like us? It surely does! We want to follow the Lord, but when the tests and trials come we cringe at the pressure they bring, hoping that they won’t last long. And when they spend more time than we expect, we cry out and complain, regardless of the purpose the Lord intends for them, which is always for our good. 

But then we’re not interested in the long term good, but the short-term erasure or removal of pain. However, the truth of the matter is that the trials and testing are not short-term things, but a lifelong process that we must go through to attain maturity and eventually win the Crown of Life. From the time of our conversion, when we become a new creation in Christ, until He calls us home, we will endure trial and testing. 

No, it’s not easy my faithful brethren, but as I recently read in an article, working for Jesus is not glamorous, but it is glorious! And that’s the awesome truth! Our Lord and Saviour doesn’t go in much for glamour, but He surely excels in glory! And we need to learn to forget the glamour and look for and to the glory of Christ, otherwise we’ll always be crying and complaining. 

And the scripture promise for that poem is also our Bit for today. ‘Now no chastening (discipline) for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised (trained) thereby.’ 

Yes friends, no discipline seems to bring us joy when it’s administered, but instead always feels painful. However though, in the long run it usually turns out for our benefit. And when it does, we are glad and jump for joy, forgetting the pain and suffering we have earlier endured. 

It’s like a woman in her time of travail, who painfully endures the pangs of giving birth, and declares to high heaven ‘NEVER AGAIN! But shortly thereafter, when the pain subsides and she discovers the joy in the newborn, she forgets all about the birth pangs. 

That’s how it is with us my fellow believers. When the Lord works us on His potter’s wheel, we exclaim in pain and hurt, but when we see and experience the finished… no not finished, but the improved product we glory in it. This is just human nature: our spirit longs for glory, but our flesh finds it difficult to handle the stuff that brings glory. 

Remember when we were punished in school or at home, we cried out for mercy? Hear the scriptures. ‘And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as children (sons), My son, despise not the chastening (discipline) 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. 

If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then ye are bastards (illegitimate), and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence (respect): shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 

For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure (as seemed best to them); but he for our profit, that we might become partakers of his holiness.’ (Heb.12:5-10) 

Ah mih people, it’s a rough row to hoe, but when the harvest eventually comes, it will be worth it all. And the scholars explain thus: ’12:6. Whom the Lord LOVETH he chasteneth: God’s principles of disciplining His own people is completely congruous with human practices. 

This quotation from Proverbs 3:12, stating God’s practice, corresponds to the commands God gave to the fathers: ‘He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that LOVETH him chasteneth him betimes (promptly).” (Prov.13:24; cf. 22:15; 23:13). LOVE and corporal punishment are not incongruous; they are complementary and necessary aspects of training.’ 

Oh friends, I know some of us don’t believe that and subsequently allowed our children to go unpunished for their misdeeds, but that’s exactly why so many of them have turned out undisciplined and unmannerly. But remember in God’s world it is different. So please stand strong and keep the faith. 

Now let’s go home enthusiastically declaring and sincerely believing our Tuesday Mantra. All together now: ‘I’m not what I do. I’m not what I have. I’m not what people say about me. I am the beloved of God, that’s who I am. No one can take that from me. I don’t have to worry. I don’t have to hurry. I can trust my friend Jesus and share His LOVE with the world.  Amen!’ Much LOVE my faithful brethren in Christ!

…discipline is a crucial aspect of earthly living…for without it…heaven cannot be attained…

P.S. Steups! Oh friends, please excuse the lateness of the Bit, but somebody or bodies in their supposed wisdom changed up the Outlook setup without notice, as they are won’t do, and it’s usually for the worse. I therefore wasted a lot of time trying to figure out how to use it for my benefit. Ah Lord eh! Much LOVE!

 

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