Spoiled children can turn into rotten adults. How can those left undisciplined learn to even discipline themselves? Though parents desire to provide good things for their children and protect them from some of the harshness of life, there is the need to let children come to understand they cannot always have their own way and to also learn the reality life is not always fair. Even Solomon noted — with regard to life in general in this realm — some of the same things come to both the righteous and the wicked. (Ecclesiastes 9:2) Allowing children to deal with some difficult moments in life, while offering guidance through them and the discipline needed for redirecting the life, is an act of love. It is loving action on the part of parents to prepare their children as best they can for difficult times so as to be enabled to exercise self-discipline through them


The writer of Hebrews exhorted. . .

(7) It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? (8) If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. (9) Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? (10) For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. (11) For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (Hebrews 12:7-11 ESV)


We ought to remain open to the direction of God’s Word, allowing it to correct the actions and course of our life when it is needed. However, we should also acknowledge how life’s trials serve to discipline us toward relying on, trusting, and keeping our hope in Him, thereby enabling us to endure whatever we might be going through. As we mature through it all, God’s end is that we would also share His holiness.


In spite of the unpleasantness some situations may bring to our life, the training we receive through endurance strengthens our faith and resolve to press on. May we trust God knows what He is doing in what He allows us to go through and that He will ultimately bring us through them and to Him!




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