For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness.Hebrews 12:10(NASB)
The training and discipline of earthly parents, which is given during infancy and childhood, is compared, and contrasted, with the perfect instruction and chastening rod, that we receive from our heavenly Father.
The correction given by earthly parents is, too often, far from perfect, even though they try to rear their offspring in the way they think their children should be brought up. The Bible tells us that our parents disciplined us for a few years, in the way that they thought fit; but our heavenly Father does it, from the point of our salvation, for our certain good, in order that we may become sharers in His own, holy character.
Although they generally try to do the best, for their children, the correction our earthly parents give is far from ideal. Even though they will attempt to train their child wisely, and correct them as they think most fitting, earthly parents do not always succeed in their endeavours - but God's discipline is perfect. It is not only given for our eternal good but it is also given for His greater honour and glory.
While earthly parents may try to teach their children obedience, kindness and other important character-forming attributes, the Lord's discipline bring a rich and fruitful harvest of spiritual graces... peace and patience, faith and submission, goodness and grace - righteousness and love, for they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but the Lord disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness.
God has an eternal perspective in view, when we are corrected and chastened by Him. Divine discipline is the well-trodden road to sharing in His holiness. The chastening that comes from the Lord is a life-long training programme, which is designed to increase our faith in God and our dependence upon Him. It is intended to bring us to the point of absolute surrender to His Spirit's leading, and our willing obedience to do His will - for His praise and glory.
If as new believers we quickly learned to surrender our lives to the Lord, and to present ourselves daily, as a living and holy sacrifice to Him, we would quickly respond to the lessons that God would have us learn - but too often we follow our own imperfect will and desires. We are called to be holy for God is holy.. and the discipline, chastening and child-training we undergo from the Lord, is designed to transform us into the image and likeness of Jesus Himself.
Let us not kick against the pricks of God' training programme. Rather, us learn willing obedience and joyful surrender to His will and ways, by the things we suffer - so that at the last we may stand, at last, before His throne - unashamed.
Heavenly Father, thank You for placing us in families and for the parents You gave me - and thank You that I am Your child and part of that great, heavenly family, and have been saved by grace through faith. I did not always want to learn the lessons that my parents tried to teach me and I have too often resisted Your own, perfect, chastening hand. Help me to be willing to learn the lessons that You would teach me, quickly and thoroughly, for I desire to be holy - as You are holy. I pray that I may learn to be obedient to Your voice and be submissive to Your leading and guidance - this I ask in Jesus name, AMEN.