Thursday, August 5, 2021

Daily Devotion: Getting Back to Righteousness

Bible Reading: Hebrews 12:1-11

Key Verse: Verse 11 – “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby."

Key Words: no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous

As a boy growing up, I received my fair share of “whoopings.” Now I will confess to you that you would have never heard me say, “Hallelujah! Praise God! Amen! Glory to God!” I never rejoiced in getting my backside “whooped.” But I will admit that they did restore me back to a proper attitude and action! They did yield the peaceful fruit of righteousness; and that is why God chastens us, not because He doesn’t love us, but because He does and He wants us back on the path of righteousness.

There is a story told about a little boy who was out in a pond. He had his little toy boat floating on the pond and the boat began to drift way out. He couldn’t get it. A man came by and saw the boat way out in the pond and he did something very interesting. He picked up stones and threw them on the other side of the boat. He threw them beyond where the boat was. The boy didn’t understand what the man was trying to do. The stones were causing quite a disturbance in the water. Something very interesting began to happen. As the man threw the stones out in the pond, they created ripples of water that moved backward toward where he and the boy were standing. Those ripples slowly pushed the boat back to shore.

That’s how God’s discipline is. When we wander away from Him in the sea of sin and pond of depravity, God throws the disturbing actions of His loving discipline in order to push us back onshore. God wants to push us back to where we should never have wandered from in the first place.

What to do:

✞Rejoice that God loves you so much that He wants you back on the path of righteousness.

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