4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?
" My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor be weary when reproved by him.
When things don't go our way we have a tendency to ask, "Where's God?" But the truth is, very few believers, at least in the USA, have really suffered for their faith. We hit a bump in life and we think God has abandoned us. Like spoiled children we cry at the least inconvenience.
We live in a fallen world; life will be hard. We make poor choices and life gets harder. We get old and aches grow into pains. We live and work with fallen, broken people. Life gets complicated. God is not Santa Claus. He does not exist to make us happy. Rather, he disciplines us to makes is holy.
We have a kingdom that goes behind this life, yet we too often live as though this life is all there is. God, forgive us.
Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe,
The bumps on the road of life should lead us to worship, not doubt. We have not yet resisted to the point of shedding our blood. There is one who had already done that for us. Today, whatever the day holds, let us worship him.
Father, forgive me for my narcissistic self focus. Today may I forget about me and worship you.
By His grace,