“Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood” (Hebrews 12:3-4).
Cooks use a measuring cup so that they don’t over or under measure an ingredient. We’ve all tasted “well-measured” dishes, and those that were hastily thrown together. The careful cook knows the right amount to include, but uses the cup to insure precision.
God knows exactly what we need in order to grow as Christians. Sometimes God plans for us a season in the school of affliction. During that time, He carefully ordains certain things to happen that will both test and strengthen our faith. Of course, His measuring cup of affliction does not err. He also measures out comfort for us, too, so that we will not sink under the heavy load.
In writing to the Hebrews, the writer sees God’s role in administering discipline to the readers. He knew what they needed to get spiritually squared away, and He also provided plenty of encouragement. Sometimes He comforts us with great deliverances, but usually comfort comes in various stages and through various ways. The readers had grown smug and listless in their love for God. God allowed persecution to rise in order to rouse them out of spiritual slumber. But God taught them that this form of discipline actually helps them, not hurts them.
We need to trust that God knows what He’s doing when we go through the valley of affliction. Our discipline comes in perfect doses, straight from God’s measuring cup. When we feel like fainting, God will send relief from somewhere or someone. The God who knows how to afflict, knows also how to comfort. He will not allow us to sink under the weight of despondency. He will provide everything we need to bear the cross (1 Corinthians 10:13; Philippians 4:13). Knowing this, we can move forward in faith, remembering this encouragement from Hebrews:
“Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed” (Hebrews 12:12-13).
Though our life may seem out of control, nothing could be further from the truth. Our sovereign God, who controls and sustains the universe, knows exactly what we need. He will not administer any “overdoses” of trials or afflictions. In supreme wisdom, He designs our life, along with its hardships. When we look back, we must confess that God knows best. We thank Him for His wonderful care and comfort along the way.
Posted on Thu, August 4, 2016
by Sam Petitfils