God had one Son without sin, but not a single child without the rod. –C.H. Spurgeon
For those of us who regularly saw the rod growing up, punishment (ie: discipline), became distasteful. We vowed when we left home that we would never let anyone get the upper hand in our lives again. We would never bow to others corrections, and we would not bend either.
Problem was, we vowed these things before we asked Jesus to enter our hearts and straighten out the bends and kinks in our lives.
God’s word says this about discipline: “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke; because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. Prov 3:11-12
Discipline is a somewhat lost concept in our culture these days, isn’t it? Few want to apply the principle any more, and consequently we are seeing a lot of dysfunction in our country. Those of us who have been saved through the practice though, can attest to the fact that while discipline is never pleasant, correction is almost always a seed for growth.
Today, if God in His love has chosen to correct your behavior and thereby set you on a new path, be thankful. I know it isn’t pleasant, but He sure is good!!!
Like the son he delights in, our God delights in you. Don’t shy away from His attentions–they are only for your good!