My life of crime began at age 4 or 5, and lasted for all of about 5 minutes. I remember the day pretty well. I had been shopping with my mom at the local 5 and dime. It must have been near meal time, because I was hungry and sitting there at eye-level was my favorite snack in the world – a packed-with-peanuts Snickers® bar. I asked Mom if I could have it; she said “no.”
But, I knew she must have meant “yes,” so I grabbed one when she wasn’t looking and stuffed it in my pocket until we left the store. Once safely inside our getaway car, I pulled the candy bar out and was about to eat it – yes, right in front of my mom – and would you believe she took it from me? Not only that, but she marched me right back into that store, called for the manager, and made me pay for it. I was humiliated. But, she was absolutely right in the way she handled it and I haven’t been tempted to steal since!
That life-changing experience always comes to mind when I read about God’s discipline of His children in Hebrews 12.
“They (earthly parents) disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in His holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews 12:10-11)
No discipline is fun while we’re going through it, but take a close look at the intentions behind God’s discipline. It’s always for our good – which is defined for us here as joining in His holiness; a holiness that reaps a harvest of right living and peace once we’ve learned the necessary lessons.
Snickers may satisfy for a moment, but holiness satisfies forever. –Dave
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