In Discipline, Find the Father’s Love
11) My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, 12) because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
I once heard someone say, “Come to Jesus, and all your problems will be solved.” That is very misleading. Nowhere are we told that we will not have problems on this earth. In fact, Jesus says, “You will have trouble” (John 16:33). I saw my earthly troubles increase when I became a Christian at age 33. I wondered, “Why doesn’t God just take me home and spare me from this?” Since then, I’ve discovered He keeps us here in part to make us into the persons He wants us to be: made into the image of His Son (Romans 8:30). We are disciplined for our good, even as children beloved by the Father (Hebrews 12:5-11).
God disciplines those He loves in two ways. One way begins with our “I’m going to do my own thing” attitude. If you get away with it, and don’t experience God’s discipline, you should tremble, because this is like you are an illegitimate child and not a true child (Hebrews 12:8). If you are disciplined, take joy in your misery because you are a true child of God (James 1:5). But there is a better way.
The other way to find the Father’s love is by the study and ingestion of His Word (Psalm 119:11). Scripture is given to us by God to train us in godliness (2 Timothy 3:16), and to cause us to grow to maturity in Christ (Hebrews 5:14). We study God’s Word in fellowship with other Christians. By either path, God will get you where He wants you to go; but believe me, the latter is the much more pleasant route.
The Laodicean church. This lukewarm church was rebuked by Christ for its lack of commitment. They were neither cold nor hot. He stood at the door of their hearts and knocked. Those who were genuine Christians would hear His voice and open the door, receiving His discipline and the joy of His subsequent fellowship (Revelation 3:14-22).
Prayer of Application
Lord, thank You for Your hand of discipline, as You have guided me into Your truth through the years. When I leave the path, You turn me back to the true way.
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