Discipline and Love
“My son, (my daughter) do not despise the LORD’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves.”
Proverbs 3:11-12 (NIV)
Most of us have had at least one week when everything seemed to go wrong. The children knocked down the apple display at the market; the plumbing decided it was time to back up; the fire died; the car had a flat (with the entire brownie troop inside); and the stomach flue toppled the entire household. I’m sure this relates to a lot of you at the moment…..
These events don’t always come in groups, but even one at a time they can be mildly irritating and sometimes downright exasperating.
Then, there are those more serious events that enter our lives, seemingly without reason.
The one’s that slice at our very roots:
Perhaps a lost job or maybe a transfer to another city. Maybe it’s the extended illness of a family member or a life threatening accident or not enough money to go around.
Do you ever wonder about the calamities that meet us head-on in daily life?
Do you ever ask as I do,”Why ME, Lord?”
Are daily catastrophes just happenstance or is there a reason behind them?
God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness” (Hebrews 12v10).
What a difference it makes in the atmosphere of our homes if we face those calamities with an attitude of Joy!!!
Not a fake, pasted-on-joy, but a joy that comes from knowing that he is bringing us closer to a sharing in His holiness – through discipline.
So, the next time those rough winds sweep through our homes, let’s rejoice!!!!
It won’t be long until we can lift our hearts and laugh in His sunshine …. in His holiness.