Divine trust does not ignore human nature. He seeks to glorify God in everything. And even so the joy of eternity can keep a soul in perfect peace amid abounding afflictions. By it He often draws souls away from sin and the world, which would otherwise have perished everlastingly. I remember well when my brother and I collected some sap from our maple trees in the back yard. Able to absorb water through the nicks and scratches they acquired on their downhill plunge, they finally begin to grow. Paul’s meaning here is expressed even more fully, however, in the proverb “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Pr 22:6). At last the bird got its nest done, and laid its eggs and hatched its young; and every morning the lady looked out to see if the nest was there, and she saw the old bird bringing food for the little ones, and she took a great deal of pleasure looking at it. In this life we may have to wrestle long in the gymnasium. Louw-Nida says it conveys the thought of "freedom from anxiety and inner turmoil." Says James, "Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness" (James 3:18). See, then, the happy estate of a Christian! Every day he scanned the horizon, searching for help. Three times Paul asked God to remove his thorn in the flesh, but when God told Paul that His grace was sufficient, Paul was content to live with the distress (2Co 12:8, 9-note, 2Co 12:10-note). Many hours later Mother almost fainted when she opened the basement door and was greeted by billowing clouds of smoke. And he, leaping up, stood, and began to walk; and he entered into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. The entire chapter Hebrews 11 interlinear (Greek/English), translated word by word and with Greek grammar parsing codes, free online He said, “My Father is glorified by this: that you bear much fruit, and prove to be my disciples” (John 15:8). . Am I willing to accept His will if it does not coincide with my will? Affliction is a means to purge out our sins. The world often proves, not only a spider's web—but a cockatrice egg. It refers to fulfilling an obligation or expectation. (Jas 1:2+) We read it in the light of what Paul said of himself, As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing. not smooth sailing. But Isaiah 28 and my own experience tell me this is a shortsighted reaction. Young's Literal: and all chastening for the present, indeed, doth not seem to be of joy, but of sorrow, yet afterward the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those exercised through it -- it doth yield. We have instant coffee and instant photocopies and instant just about anything. Such difficulties hurt for a while, but if we yield to the Lord we will find that life's bruises can mark the beginning of spiritual advances. Should not every Christian desire to be as fruitful as possible, so as best to prove his discipleship and glorify God? By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry [land:] which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned. Covered by hard shells that keep out water, these seeds can lie dormant on the sand for several seasons until conditions are right for growth. ALL DISCIPLINE FOR THE MOMENT SEEMS NOT TO BE JOYFUL, BUT SORROWFUL: pasa de paideia pros men to paron ou dokei  charas einai alla lupes. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. 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For firm and loving discipline See the mistake you made when you thought your trials were an excuse for despondency; accept God's message, that they are the very proof of His love, the very means of His grace, the very mark of His own Son. It was used to refer to land yielding fruit 200 fold. Spurgeon - Carnal reason judges in the present light, which happens to be the very worst light in which to form a correct estimate. He seeks to glorify God in everything. That means faith--waiting for God to accomplish His purposes!". Not that we need hardship just for its own sake, but we do need to be changed and to mature. Barnes - The effect (of discipline) is seen in a pure life, and in a more entire devotedness to God. God's discipline is designed to make us like His Son. "All chastening seemeth for the present to be not joyous but grievous; yet afterward it yieldeth peaceable fruit unto them that have been exercised thereby, ." When I saw him recently, he asked me, "What do you do when God doesn't say yes—doesn't give it, doesn't make it happen?" Joyful? Hebrews 12:11 New International Version - UK (NIVUK). He wants for us what's best. Only then do they begin to grow, for moisture is absorbed through the nicks and scratches they picked up on their downhill plunge. Gumnazo - 4x in 4v - 1Ti 4:7-note; Heb 5:14-note; He 12:11; 2Pe 2:14-note. A. W. Tozer, Men Who Met God. This chastening is said to yield these fruits "unto those who are exercised (trained) thereby." The trainer would develop a regimen for the athlete to build up the muscles that were lacking, to perfect his physique. (Ps 56:3, 4). Understanding it's great value esteem) it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But when his sister died, Turner’s father grew bitter and turned away from God. But herein is work for patience, for the rest is not for to-day, nor the triumph for the present, but “afterward.” Wait, O soul, and let patience have her perfect work. Afterward the golden reaping, Eventually they settle in a depression where the soil has become damp to a depth of several feet. B. The water of affliction is not to drown us—but to wash off our spots. Notice that the "pay back" for disciplining one's self for godliness is not only in this present life but also in the life to come. At college, Bertha became involved in the Student Volunteer Movement for Foreign Missions. Christ said, "I am the Vine, you are the branches." The Making Of You - Scottish author George MacDonald told this story of a woman who had experienced a great tragedy in her life: "The heartache was so crushing and her sorrow so bitter that the one in distress exclaimed, 'I wish I'd never been made.' I open to the day." Hebrews 12:11 For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful; but afterwards it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it [a harvest of fruit which consists in righteousness--in conformity to God's will in purpose, thought, and action, resulting in right living and right standing with God]. Barnes - does not impart pleasure, nor is this its design. It only seems so to those being chastened, whose judgments are confused by the present pain. The bud may have a bitter taste, (2) God’s discipline produces the peaceful fruit of righteousness by stripping us of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, and pride. Maybe the difficulty you have now is a smoke signal that will lead to great blessing. It is wise to eat well and to exercise regularly, but if we’re trusting in those things to preserve our lives, God has ways of bringing sickness or injury to teach us that we depend on Him for our next breath and for every day’s supply of food and water. Peaceful (1516) (eirenikos from eirene = peace) pertains to being conducive to a harmonious relationship - peaceable. It betrays a lack, so to speak, of spiritual sensitiveness; a deficiency of that tender, acute feeling which ought ever to belong to him who professes to have reposed on Jesus' bosom. A rubber band is made to stretch. Roughed Up To Grow Up - Many Christians have to be lovingly roughed up before they will grow up. All discipline is designed to produce the peaceful fruit of righteousness. Sometimes we are unaware of our sins or shortcomings until God brings some trial that exposes them. It would have been a kindness to have torn that nest down. It says, "Look to his face, not to his hand." Wars 3.73), Paul uses gymnazo in his first epistle to Timothy drawing on the athletic metaphor to exhort his young disciple to…, "have nothing to do with (continually refuse, shun, reject) worldly (profane in contrast to sacred, void of piety, opposite of holy that which is set apart to God) fables (myths) fit only for old women. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. It meant, literally, to strip naked. This is why we must keep our eyes on Jesus (Heb 12:2-note, Heb 12:3-note) and keep running (Heb 12:1-note)! Read verse in King James Version w/ Apocrypha All I can say is, I wonder every day that there are not more suicides, considering the troubles of this life, and how few there are who have the comforts of religion. — Mart De Haan (Ibid). Afterward the plenteous bearing 11 Now no [] chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Ultimately Lewis' experienced joy when he discovered that Jesus was the wellspring of all joy. To the flesh which judges by what is present and by sense, it is distinctly, often terribly, grievous. It is not uncommon to hear some of God's saints remark, in the very midst of His dealings with them, "I feel it to be no cross at all; I do not feel it an affliction; I am not conscious of any peculiar burden." If so, look ahead to the fruit He will bring out of this difficulty. Now this lady was of those saints. A skillful hand is needed, for the fire cannot do the refiner’s work. Afterward the service holy, As a result, discipline practically has disappeared. Is it not painful to hear such expressions from the lips of a dear child of God? Like mountain-ranges overpast So it is with the suffering that accompanies God's chastening. After graduating and getting married, they both entered medical school in Houston, Texas. But prison became a school for the Byrams. that can be seen and touched. It is of no use our hoping that we shall be well-rooted if no March winds have passed over us. In his head and in his mind he had all kinds of books, as he said, "completed save for transcription." (6) God’s discipline produces the peaceful fruit of righteousness by developing compassion and humility. Darby's English Translation 12:11 But no chastening at the time seems to be matter of joy, but of grief; but afterwards yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those exercised by it. Only after the Lord granted permission did David go after them and recover everything (see 1Sa 30:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8). That command does not mean that we always go around with a smile on our face, saying, “Praise the Lord,” even when we’re hurting. Not naturally. Just so, we do not know what unmortified lusts are in the soul, until the storm of affliction comes—then the hidden evils of the heart come dropping down in many places. And so light arises upon the command, Count it all joy when ye fall into manifold temptations. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Righteous (right) conduct is the soil out of which grows the calming fruit of peace, especially the peace with God, because of a clear conscience and a sense of oneness, communion and unbroken/unhindered fellowship of the creature with his or her Creator. Indeed, everything I have learned, everything that has truly enhanced and enlightened my existence, has been through affliction and not through happiness. We are told not to despise the Lord's chastening and not to be discouraged when He rebukes us, because it all flows from His love (He 12:5, 6). Nancy Monica, however, sported a black eye. Don't vacillate. 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