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Hebrews 12:7

Apr 13, 2019   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Epistles, Epistles (written), Hebrews, Hebrews (written), Writings  //  8 Comments

Saturday, 13 April 2019

If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? Hebrews 12:7

The author has cited the Proverbs in order to establish the fact that believers can, and should, expect discipline simply because they are loved as children. Now, as an encouragement for that time when it comes, he says, “If you endure chastening.” In this, he is mentally preparing his audience concerning a logical reason why the discipline is forthcoming, and how to consider it when it does, in fact, come.

There are two ways of considering the word “endure” here. The first would be, “If you persevere through chastening.” The sense would be “to bear up under correction.” The second would be “If you receive chastening.” The sense would be “for the reason of correction.” The latter is correct. The purpose of chastening here is for God’s discipline.

As this is so, the author then confirms that in such discipline, “God deals with you as with sons.” In that is found the tie in with the words of the Proverbs. The very fact that discipline has come is because God looks at those who are His as His own children. This is confirmed several times in Paul’s writings, such as, “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26).

As those who are in Christ are considered sons, the discipline they receive should be considered a mark of love, not an act of wrath. This is certain, because he finishes with, “for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?”

It is an obvious truth that when a father loves his child, he will discipline him for good. It is true, a perverse man will arbitrarily mistreat his children, but that is not under consideration here. The Lord is as a Father to his children, a perfect Father. Thus, His children should be grateful for times of discipline. Of course, it may not be a happy event while it is occurring, but it is a sign of the Lord’s care of those He loves to so chasten them. The author will continue with this line of thought, summing it up in verse 11. He is letting believers know, in advance, that they can take comfort in being corrected.

Life application: For the past couple of verses, the Lord’s discipline upon his sons has been mentioned. The question then is, “How can we tell the difference between His discipline and something else?” It is a valid question and not directly addressed here or elsewhere. For this reason, the author, in essence, says to “endure hardship as discipline…” Got it? Whatever trials you face, whatever hardships, whatever seems to be robbing you of joy – consider it discipline. The exact same things may be common to all people. The difference then is that our hardships are meant to refine us as children of God. This same concept is addressed by James, the Lord’s brother –

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4

Thus, our trials indicate that “God is treating you as sons.” These develop perseverance and that in turn leads to becoming a complete and mature Christian.

Understandably, many faithful Christians – maybe even you – are going through almost insurmountable trials. You may have a wayward child, financial difficulties, a spouse who is unfaithful, or even a combination of these. Rather than following what would seem logical and crying out, “Why me Lord?” you can try to find the Lord’s hand, even in these things.

Although the trial remains, understanding that this is developing your character may help you to keep it in proper perspective. And don’t carry the burden alone. Talk to God as your Father and cast your cares on Him – for He cares for you.

Sovereign Lord, you have determined the time, place, and situation in which we find ourselves. You know even the most intimate and difficult trials we face. Thank You for them if they will but bring You honor and develop us as Your children. In Jesus’ name we pray because it is in Jesus that we have become Your children. Amen.

8 Comments

  • My current trials caring for Oscar help me to see that I am indeed chosen for them out of God’s amazing love for me. His dementia as revealed day after day brings a lot of frustration out of me, yet I know that patience is also being developed. It doesn’t come naturally, it comes instead by my admitting when I have been relying on myself in that moment and it is an invitation to rely on God to be able to persevere. Thanks for the study today, and let us learn to turn to God, our Father who indeed loves us so!

  • thank you i am comforted that GOD will never leave us or forsake us , no matter what we go thru

  • Well here I am unable to articulate what is going on in my mind regarding the reading. I will default to Johns comment as I can relate in a small way to his issues and concerns with Oscar. Thanks to the shingles shot my mom got Shingles and we went through many trial with her for six months in rehab and home care. the biggest and longest lasting problem it created was a loss of memory. We thought we were going to have to put her in an assisted living home. And that was a short term solution because the overall cost would have wiped out all her money in a few short years. But for God she stabilize with her memory loss and thank god she is still living at home and driving herself to the senior center and to stores. She just passed the state driving test she is required to have due to the problems the shingles created. Yes we have gotten used to repeating ourselves around her several times during conversations and such but for the most part she is independent the way she likes it. We can only thank god for stabilizing her. It doesn’t take very big waves to rock our boat of life we just have to keep in mind that Jesus is our light house guiding us to safe harbors and as the song says. It is well with my soul! We trust in him Amen

    We ARE another day closer to home
    Grace mercy and peace on you and yours
    God bless my friends we fly soon

    • Thanks Gordon for taking the time to encourage me with your kind and meaningful words. Love you brother!

  • I am truly blessed by the Life Application today. It has encouraged me to go on. I can identify with John. I have an 89 year old mother to care for and it is frustrating because I have to prepare meals and there is so much that she does not want to eat.

    I have a niece who is a Christian but wants to marry a Hindu and this has turned over the family with much tension. Two of her christian friends have done it, so what is our problem is what she is asking.

    So the word today has helped by giving me a better perspective on things.I will cast my cares on the Lord Jesus and thank Him for the promise that ‘He cares for me”. and also that “His grace is sufficient” John Newton the author of that familiar song “Amazing Grace” wrote-

    “Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
    I have already come;
    ’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
    And grace will lead me home.”

    “Even so, Come Lord Jesus come”.

    • Love you Ruth, our daughter married a man raisedcatholic but turned Orthodox/universalist. Nice man and we love him but don’t believe he is saved. Still praying for him and our daughter to be drawn close to our wonderful Savior for salvation. I myself came from RC background, but God sought me, the only one of my family to want his salvation and a walk with Him. He cares!

  • Thank you for this study and message of hope and love, a precious and great picture of our Heavenly Father!

  • BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS!

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