One Minute with God: Blessed Hardship
Marathon runners are some of the most amazing athletes in the world. They are steady, poised, reluctant, and persevering. They know the mechanics of breathing, have trained under extreme weather, and have learned how to mentally sidetrack pain.
Who likes training? And, who wakes up in the morning doing cartwheels because it’s time to take off the jammies, and run five miles. Well, there are individuals who are just wired that way, and they go to sleep restlessly waiting for the next moment to catch that next morning breeze.
Discipline is never easy, and when it seems like life has brought on its high hurdles - it could be enticing to sprint the other way. Contrary to popular wimpiness, discipline may seem useless for some, and tedious for others. But, he or she who is trained by it will eventually reap a harvest of fruitful rewards. God trains us through hardships so you, and I can finish our race strong.
7Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.
9Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.
11No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. 12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.