Hebrews 9-13; Make It Stop

Have you ever felt the sting of God’s discipline over a sin you were holding onto? Dishonesty costs you your job. Infidelity costs you your family. Alcohol or tobacco costs you your health. Sin costs you peace of mind, you cannot feel joy. Conviction bring anxiety, depression, anger, or confusion.

Then you cry out to God, “Make it stop!” “Why is this happening to me?” “I can’t take this any longer.”

When I read Hebrews 12 I hear God say, “I love you as sons and daughters. Therefore, I will discipline you when you are wrong. Don’t expect it to be pleasant.”

I think sometimes when we are experiencing those painful consequences for sin, we pray the wrong prayer. Instead of praying, “Make it stop,” we should be praying, “Help me to stop,” Instead of praying for God to make us comfortable, we need to pray that He will make us clean.

“…God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness.” (12:10b)

The writer of Hebrews reminds us of the very real privilege of going to God Himself through our mediator, Jesus Christ. We can boldly approach the throne of grace and know that we will receive that grace to help us in our time of need.

God doesn’t discipline His children because He likes to see us suffer. He disciplines us to drive us to our knees, so that we can share in His holiness, so that one day we will be able to spend eternity with Him. He disciplines us because of His great love for us.

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Hebrews 9-13; Make It Stop

  1. JoAnn Baxter

    Connie, this is a great blog today….meaningful and convicting.. I’m thanking God for your insight and the way you can use your words to . “hit between the eyes” . Thank you for sharing your wisdom…Always gives me something to think about…

    Love, JoAnn

    Reply
    1. cazehner Post author

      I hope you know that if I “hit between the eyes,” I’ve been hit as well. Thank you for your encouraging words. Have a Merry Christmas, JoAnn! God bless you, and make you a blessing.

      Reply

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