1 Chronicles 9-10, Hebrews 12, Amos 6, Luke 1:39-80

Author - Shaun Lewis

Hebrews 12:11
I attended Texas A&M University for four years, all of which were spent in the Corps of Cadets.  For those who don’t know, it is among six senior military colleges in the U.S. whose programs fall under Title 10 of the USC (others include the Virginia Military Institute and the Citadel), but they are not military academies. The daily lifestyle was very similar, however … physical training very early, military drill and ceremonies, wearing a uniform, and someone screaming a couple of inches from your face… but you attend class with your typical college students.  It’s not easy, but this particular scripture was something that I leaned on heavily at that time in my life, and it was burned into my memory: “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, NIV).
In the ESV it states, “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”  My flesh preferred the ESV version which sounded more comfortable because the discipline was only “for the moment” and who doesn’t want “the peaceful fruit of righteousness”?  Similarly, Isaiah 32:17 says “The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.”
I didn’t view the discipline I received in the Corps as if it were from God at the time since it was delivered by a 19 or 20-year-old in most cases, but I’ve found it still held true to His promise. It allowed me to weather storms in my life where I would have otherwise faltered.  Along the same lines, as believers, we should be reassured by the hardships God places in our lives because if we respond rightly, it defines us as His children.  It ultimately draws us to Him and washes us clean so that we can produce that fruitful harvest, weather our storms, and resist the temptations of the enemy.