“‘For whom the LORD loves He chastens and scourges every son whom He receives.’”
Content is the child who understands this verse. Loving discipline is required if a child is to grow up responsible, and the LORD has His ways of correcting those who are His. Even the most committed saint will err, and if God’s Word is not heeded, He will use stronger means. Every caring parent wants their child to mature at a steady pace; they are constantly training, redirecting, and employing discipline when needed.
Discipline and chastisement are heaven-sent tokens of the Father’s vigilant and unchanging love for His children.
Yes, discipline hurts. It injures our pride and disrupts our disobedience. It turns our self-sufficiency and self-righteousness upside down. Yet the sting of God’s chastening always arrives with an upward motion, moving you closer toward His heart and will for your life.
Discipline is always right when God’s love drives the rod of correction, but its effectiveness depends on how you receive it. Self-pity, resentment, and rebelliousness will come easy if you do not believe He cares for you. In those times, hang on to the exhortation that says, “If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?” (Hebrews 12:7) His attentiveness to your spiritual growth proves how near and dear you are to His heart.
Whenever you find yourself under the LORD’S rod of correction, rejoice! Embrace every bit of it and wait for the good that will surely follow.
IN HIS PRESENCE
Do you belong to Jesus Christ? Have you followed Him only to experience wave after wave of trouble? Are you being tossed by fear and doubt over how it will end? Then insert your name and circumstance into this account and its eventual outcome because the same LORD is with you today.
Rest in His power alone and trust Him to take you over to the other side.
Awaiting His return,
– Pastor Jack
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