The passages set down for today are Proverbs 10:12-32 and Hebrews 12:14-17. I am going to focus on the Hebrews passage. Please pray before we start that God might bless our reading today.
I would like to look at one verse in that passage – verse 15 “See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God…”, or another rendering of the Greek in that verse is, “See to it that no one misses the grace of God.”
When we look at the wider passage we see that these verses are in the context of God’s discipline and suffering. These hardships are intended for our benefit to bless us, but in fact, they can ruin us.
We can receive the grace of God or miss out on the grace of God depending on our response to our suffering. If we look at suffering only as an evil, and become bitter, the discipline God intended for our good will become a burden and an unwelcome intrusion into our life.
Paul the Apostle tells us that he received a “thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me” (2 Corinthians 12:7). Paul records that it was given to him “to keep me from being conceited”. Paul could have become bitter, or (as he did) see it for what it was. God revealed to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”(2 Corinthians 12:9)
God’s grace comes to us in our sufferings. It is so easy to become bitter and miss the blessing God wants to unleash in our lives.
Have a great day,