September 11, 2018


September 11, 2018


Hebrews 12:3-13
This weekend’s reading: Genesis 12:1-9


A child does not understand that discipline is often for their own good. We as adults wish they could see the other side, but this is simply not something that children are capable of. How often do we revert to a childlike state when God disciplines us?
Just as parents know what is best for their children, we have a loving parent in God who only desires what is best for us. Often times God’s best is not what we believe to be our best, but the act of surrendering to God’s will and discipline is an act that can draw us into a closer relationship with him. As we do so, our lives will bear holy and righteous fruit, and a peace that we would not come by through anything else in this world.


  • How is God disciplining you in your life right now? Privately confess any sins that may be weighing on your heart and ask God in his mercy to show you a different way.
  • Do you find it easy or difficult to submit to the discipline?
  • How is God’s discipline different from humans disciplining other humans? How is it similar?


  • Have you ever been disciplined? What did it feel like?
  • Why do you think parents have to discipline children?


Loving God, thank you for being a parent we can rely on to love us and make our well-being a priority, even when it involves disciplining us. We confess that we are not perfect and that your ways are higher than our ways. Help us to surrender, God, as we strive to walk in your will. Amen.