Day 35 — 40 Days of God’s Favor

Day 35 — Saturday, April 8th

Title: Painful Favor

Scripture: Hebrews 12:5–10

5 And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? ‘My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. 6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.’ 7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.

Main Idea: God always does what is good for his children, and that is why his favor sometimes feels like disfavor. God disciplines us for our good.

For Hungry Readers: A father’s favor is not always fun, but it is always good. God’s favor sometimes brings pain and hardship.

Faith Declarations: I will trust in my Father even when his favor does not feel like favor.