I want to bring out two things from today’s Bible reading from Hebrews 12.
1 – Oftentimes we see hard times and suffering as punishment. And oftentimes that’s very true. But one thing we should always remember is that the fact that we are disciplined proves that we are the children of a God Who loves His children deeply. (Hebrews 12:5–11)
2- When God delivered the Ten Commandents to Moses, He warned Moses to keep the people and the animals from approaching the mountain where God would descend and meet him. The writer tells us,
for they could not bear what was commanded: If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned. The appearance was so terrifying that Moses said, I am trembling with fear. Instead, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God (the heavenly Jerusalem), to myriads of angels, a festive gathering, to the assembly of the firstborn whose names have been written in heaven, to a Judge, who is God of all, to the spirits of righteous people made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which says better things than the blood of Abel. (Hebrews 12:20–24 CSB)
One of the tremendous advantages of the new covenant is that we have a relationship with a loving Father, rather than a distant God. However, with this new relationship comes a responsibility to remember that our loving Father never ceases to be a “Judge” (Hebrews 12:23) and a “consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29)
Enjoy the relationship. Come boldly before the throne of grace. (Hebrews 4:16) But don’t forget that God is indeed a consuming fire.