You Are In GOD’S Training Phase!!
“No 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.” Hebrews 12:11
Often, the time between God gives His promise and its fulfillment is the toughest. It can be compared to a seed germination process under the soil. When a seed is buried in the soil, it is surrounded by darkness, cut off from the outside world. Suffocating inside the soil, it feels to come out pushing through the soil, but it is helpless. It gradually develops perseverance to sustain inside the soil and slowly grows roots which penetrates inside the soil to hold grip. After sometime, the outer covering of the seed is torn and the stem shoots up through the soil. The seed doesn’t know that the one who buried it inside the soil is waiting anxiously for it to grow and come out. It may feel, why did he bury me inside? It’s dark and suffocating here. Why don’t he take me out of here?
When God calls us for a purpose, He disciplines us first before using us for His glory. There will be times where He hides us in the soil and wait for our roots to grow and our outer covering i.e., our fleshly nature to be removed because that covering prevents us from moving forward. And only the person who had buried the seed inside the soil knows what kind of tree it is going to be in the future. Similarly, God sees us the way what we are going to be. There are many examples of people whom God had disciplined before exalting them. God trained David before he became a king. Joseph went through slavery before he became the Prime Minister of Egypt.
Discipline is always painful. It’s not fun. But the fruit it bears is worth the pain. The father disciplines those whom He loves.
Hebrews 12:5-12 says,
“‘My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.’
Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all… …God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No 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. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.”
— Shabna Nikhil