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Hebrews 12:11 | Hana Mower

It is of sad news that this is Hana’s last post with us at Grace Nation Ministries, although it is sad that we are losing a valuable intern, it is of great excitement that she further saturates herself in the Lord, and into what God is calling her into. Please enjoy a short commentary on Hebrews 12:11. By: Hana Mower.

“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.”

I once prayed that I would grow to love trials, but I think what I meant by the prayer was that I would not feel the suffering that comes with the trial. Instead I wanted the pain replaced with happiness. I guess I was trying to find a way to cope with the heart-burdening feelings that accompanied the discipline. If you evaluate that mode of thinking, this happens frequently. We try to conceal the hurt by a veneer of happiness, as if happiness is the final goal of life itself. We don’t want to deal with hurt so we hope to arrange a trade with happiness instead, as if all we value in life is being “happy”. What is happiness anyways if it is founded on deceit?. We would be searching for wholesome love in a happiness that deceives in saying that trading the pain will make things “better”, as opposed to actually learning how to survive through stuggles. We know in our hearts that’s a weak way to live. Surely God did not create us to accept blind happiness in our pursuit of holiness. He desires the truth to set us free.

“We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” -C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

ALL discipline seems painful at first. We will feel pain there is no way around it. Therefore, ‘coping’ with pain by covering it up is of no use, but rather a hinderance to healing. God tells us to, “Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.” (Psalm 62:8). We pour out our hearts because that is us casting our burdens on the Lord for Him to sustain us.

“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.” -C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

The pain is offset by the “peaceful fruit of righteousness” which comes later. “So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” (Colossians 1:10). God gives the fruit of righteousness to those trained by the trial. Just because all things work together for the good of one who loves God (Romans 8:28), it does not mean we will automatically be ‘more righteous’ after a trial. God uses our mess ups and our victories, but that does not allude to laziness (read verses 12-13 that follow this one). God says, “make every effort to supplement your faith” (2 Peter 1:5). Strive to be trained by the trial…and endure. Seek God’s wisdom and guidance in all matters. “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.” (Proverbs 25:2). Jesus looked to the hope promised beyond the cross. We should look not only to the future of hope of heaven where there is no pain, but also to the fruit of righteousness promised to those who are trained by the trial. From one degree of glory to another is how we are made whole, and our proof of this is the fruit of righteousness given by God.

“For you will certainly carry out God’s purpose, however you act, but it makes a difference to you whether you serve like Judas or like John.” – C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

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