He Disciplines Those He Loves
‘And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord
nor be weary when reproved by him.
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives”’
“The sufferings of the cross were necessary to qualify Jesus as the Captain of your Salvation. This truth infuses the doctrine of the chastening of the Lord with so much hope for me, because it tells me God’s got me on a journey…”
-Bob Sorge, “Bastards and Sons”
Having been removed from my grief for a small stint of time, I can now see it with a different perspective than what I was capable of before. If you would have told me that God was correcting me soon after my life got turned upside down, I would have been enraged. I would have ruled you out as a mean and judgmental person (hint, hint, please don’t tell this to people who are experiencing great tragedy…it isn’t comforting). But now that I can look back and see the intentions of my heart, I understand now that this trial was not God’s effort to punish me, but it was rather a life shift that would allow me to be more like Him. It would require great humiliation and destruction of dreams, that at the time I was incredibly distraught over. Yet, now that I am on the other side of the destruction, I feel more free than I ever did before. Not only do I feel free, I feel more equipped. I feel stronger. I feel wise beyond my years. I am qualified for whatever else comes my way. Would I have chosen this way? By no means! But, I see now that sometimes it’s better for everything to fall apart than for it to go 100% my way. My plans could have flourished, but at the end of the day I’d still have no idea why I was doing what I was doing or what I was called to in this life. I’m not sure what you are going through today. In my case, I can see how God was correcting my path when things didn’t work out. But, maybe you have recently lost a loved one, or some terrible news has been delivered to you. Please do not interpret the bad things that have happened as God’s correction. The last thing I want to be is a confirming voice of how God is out to punish you. Whatever your going through, I pray God’s voice be louder than all the others. Allow Him to speak his truth to you. Let him lead you to a place of dependency that you didn’t have before. He loves you so well, and He wants you to know it. Yield to His love today.