In verse 11 of Hebrews 12 we read of the peaceable fruit of righteousness. That peace is peace with God, and a more wonderful and real peace there is not. We often question the loss of peace when God chastens us. But because that chastisement is sent by God to bring us to holiness, it speaks of God bringing us to that blessed life with Him promised in His Word.
Therefore we also read in verses 12 and 13, "Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; and make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed." What a blessed truth!
He is speaking of what those afflictions produce in our life, if we do not look at them properly, and if, because of feeble knees, we do not walk, but step off the path on which we must run our race. Here we are instructed and ordered to get back on that path which leads to the prize. We must get back on that path, if we are going to get the peaceable fruit of righteousness.
Use your hands and feet and stand up firmly in the consciousness that God wants you to run this race, and is chastising you in order to make you run forward and with eagerness. Go straight ahead in the consciousness that God is dealing with you in love, to help you and not to hurt you. Use all the members of your body for that running. Sicknesses and what we call accidents, losses of material things, and antagonism of Satan and his host, all come from God and are not accidents. He in His wisdom and love sends the right things at the right time to the right people to make them run for that prize of covenant fellowship with Him in the new Jerusalem.
Do not doubt His love and concern for your well-being. Trust Him and continue running that race.
Read: Hebrews 12:1-13
Through the Bible in One Year
Nehemiah 5:14-19 ; Nehemiah 6-7
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Quote for Reflection:
"The object of your study and growth as a child of God is not man and it is not how you feel. The object of your spiritual life is not your feelings... But the number-one priority of the spiritual life is to know God truly, to know God thoroughly, to know God in faith, to know Him reverently, to know Him with unreserved trust, with obedience and love. "Jehovah is my light and my salvation"... Faith is personal. It is the work of God in our hearts. It is the work of the Lord within us, uniting us to Him and giving us personally to stand in attachment, knowledge, and dependence upon Him. You see, faith is not theoretical. It is not merely emotional. It is not merely a system of corollaries, postulates, and principles. It is a knowledge of these things, of the truth of God’s Word. But it is a living knowledge. It is a heart-dwelling knowledge. It is the personal knowledge of faith.... That is why you are on earth right now, child of God. You are on earth to learn about God, to learn of God, to walk with God, to know Him in such a way that you repose in Him, you commit all your way to Him, you obey Him, you submit to Him, and you desire to glorify Him in obedience. Then you may be fearless. That is not recklessness. It is not a vain boast. It is truth. It is the confidence of faith." -C. Haak
"He has not given you children and the means to support them, only that you may do with them as you please; or train them for worldly glory. You have been earnestly commanded to raise them for God’s service, or be completely rooted out, with your children and everything else; then everything that you have spent on them will be lost." -M. Luther
- Date: 13-August