Blessed be His name, it is part of His covenant to visit us with the rod." When was the presence and love and sympathy of Jesus so precious? Exposition on how the Savior Succors Suffering Saints. In order to teach us to hate sin, God chastens us. THE MYSTERY OF GOD'S PROVIDENCE So I’m simply going to give up on everything." Zephaniah 3:2 She heeded no voice; She accepted no instruction. Hebrews 12:5. καὶ ἐκλέλησθε.… “And ye have clean forgotten the exhortation, which speaks to you as to sons, My Son, etc.” καὶ introduces a fresh consideration. The verb is common = “make allowance for,” especially in leases - "I have given you every allowance"… "if any of the land becomes unwatered, a proportionate allowance from the rent shall be made to me"… "if in any of the years there should be a failure of water, an allowance shall be made to the lessee"… "I will make allowance for the expense". Or will you kick against this chapter and demand in the season of suffering that God give a greater account of himself than he does in this chapter? Will you evade His eye, and shun His presence? Without pause, as the clock works, the sound changing as the strokes fell, the stick soared upward and down again until Huw Morgan's back seemed to be in flames and his eyes blind and his head filled with thunder, and the strokes were still coming. A person who can practice sin, live in sin, enjoy sin and prosper therein without the chastening hand of GOD upon him, has never been truly born into GOD's Grace by the power of the Blood of JESUS CHRIST. 1:20; Amos 3:7; Hab. The point here is that things are bad, but not as bad as they could be. The trials, disappointments, hardships and even physical attacks which sometimes constitute God's discipline may be painful to bear. We need to see the sin that caused the correction the way God sees the sin. So I just want to make clear that point again in this text. Jowett explains: "The purpose of God's chastening is not punitive but CREATIVE. The saint in glory can go a step farther, "I see, O Lord, that they are so!" Hebrews 12:5-7 - With doting parents it is not so: often him whom his mother loveth is allowed to do as he pleases and to escape chastening, but this is folly. They smile. As some birds are said to sing their sweetest notes when the thorn pierces their bosom, so does He appoint affliction to lacerate, that you may be driven to the wing, singing, in your upward soaring, "My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed! Arthur Pink - When the believer is smarting under the rod let him not say, "God is now punishing me for my sins!" Necessary beyond all count is the pruning-knife of pain. I think I would rather have my "whipping" from God than from my grandfather! Supreme in Authority. What they will as hurtful, God wills as helpful. And we shall neither wax weary nor faint. When "the Beloved" comes down from the Mountain of Myrrh and the Hill of Frankincense to His Garden on earth. The suffering comes from the hostility of sinners. I am not sure I fully understand the relationship between the two, but I have seen this pattern enough to know that the relationship exists. When we don’t respond to the gentle taps on the shoulder, He will use hardship, failure, and even our sin to bring our behavior in line with our holiness. Am I prepared to let God grip me by His power and do a work in me that is worthy of Himself? With doting parents it is not so. I want to learn the lesson You have for me." "Troubles," says a good man, "are in God's catalogue of mercies." In this passage, the chastening was not punishment for wrongdoing, but TRAINING through PERSECUTION. This hurts so bad!” There have been times in my life had I not known God as a loving Father, I would have turned away, unable to accept the discipline. 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