A Father’s Discipline
Daily Bible Reading – Hebrews 12,13; Jude
Today’s Key Passage – Hebrews 12:4-13
When I read today’s key passage, I am reminded of a time when my wife and I had to discipline our daughter by sending her to her room. When she came back out to apologize, we took some time explaining to her the reason for the correction. We explained to our daughter that we were not mad at her but were instead mad at her actions, and that we only discipline her because we love her and because we want what is best for her. As we were telling her this, I could see in her eyes that she was confused. It can be confusing, especially to a child, to think of discipline as being an act of love.
When I look back on my childhood, I can remember some of the times when I received correction and discipline from my parents. At the time, I obviously did not enjoy the corrections, but looking back on it now, I am grateful to my parents for loving me enough to try to shape me into a good person. As parents, we all have the responsibility to try to raise our children to live according to God’s standards, and I am so thankful to my parents for the job they did. I am now able to understand that every time I received discipline, it was done in love for me. If my parents did not care about me, they would have let me do whatever I wanted to do without consequence, but fortunately that was not the way it worked. As much as human parents love their children, the love God has for his children is infinitely greater. If the love is greater, it only makes sense that the corrections would be greater. Do not get me wrong, I am not talking about an angry God who smites us down to teach us a lesson, but God does provide us with corrections. From time to time, He gently nudges us back onto the correct path. Sometimes it happens when we read a passage and are convicted in a way we have never been convicted before. Sometimes it happens in the circumstances we find ourselves facing. Sometimes it happens during prayer. God always speaks to us, and urges us to get back on the straight and narrow. The question, then, is not whether or not God will discipline us. As a loving Father, He will provide correction. The only question that remains is how we will deal with that discipline. Will we get angry at Him for it? Will we rebel against it? Will we think we did not deserve it? Will we allow it to bring us down? Hopefully, we will see it as an act of love from our perfect Father in Heaven, thank him for the correction, and make our way back to the path He wants us to follow.
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Posted on December 14, 2013, in 19 - Hebrews and tagged Anger, Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, God, God's Character, Humility, Jesus, Judgment, Love, Questioning God, Religion, Sin. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.