2003-02-12 - Discipline
In today's devotional, I am going to talk about a topic that is hard for a lot of us, discipline. We all have to have discipline. It's hard to have in some situations, but it's needed. Sometimes our parents discipline us and we hate them for it, because we don't think it's fair. However, in the Bible, there are a few verse that say God disciplines us because of His love for us. We also have to have discipline for ourselves, and guess what -- there are verses to support that too! And guess what, I am going to give them to you. Woah!!!
In Hebrews 12:5-6, "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son." That means he disciplines us because he loves us. He wants to protect us from the evil things in this world, so when we begin to turn away from Him and toward the devil, God will yank us back to Him. Sometimes we don't like this, and sometimes it hurts.
In Revelation 3:19, "Those whom i love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent." Jesus tells us in His own words. He say that those who he loves, He rebukes. He loves us and doesn't want to see us drift away from Him. He disciplines us, so that we will learn not to sin, and therefore we are being given the ability to grow closer to Him.
The only way we learn that something is not Godly and is a sin, is by God's discipline. We can't learn that something is wrong unless He tells us that it is. So be glad that He disciplines you, because He is helping you to grow closer to Him. I don't know if you truly want that, but I know I do. If you have ANY doubt about whether you want to know God personally and closer than you already do, please write me.
The Bible also talks about the reward that is still to come in the future, if we are willing to accept God's discipline. In Hebrews 12:11, it says,"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it." You may not like that. I hate it when the Bible tells us to be patient, but every time I begin to get frustrated, I remember that I live on my time, and the world's time - but God works on His own time. It is annoying sometimes, because we want God to do something for us, but it's not the right time, and we aren't able to see that.
In Psalms 37:5, it tells us that we have to be able to have our own discipline. "Commit you way to the Lord; trust in him and he will make you righteous and just." Alrighty then, this is saying that if we follow the path that God has set for us, He will make us good, godly people. That's a good thing to be. Then I guess we all should completely "commit" our lives and our ways to the Lord. That sounds easy enough, but is it? Is it easy to give everything you have to the Lord and let Him have complete control over everything? It's a pretty easy concept, so why is it so hard for us to do? Everyone one of us has something we cannot give up. We aren't perfect, and even though you may have a lot of stuff covered and it doesn't bother you, there is always that one little thing. Or maybe there's more. I know that I have a lot of stuff that I think I can handle, and I don't need God's help with, but most of those things, I fail on. Coincidence? I think not.
We need the Lord's help, and that's why He disciplines us. That's His way of showing us that what we did was wrong, and that He doesn't want us to do it agian. Each of us have our own things we struggle with, and God knows we struggling with them. He is just waiting for us to come and ask for help.
What do you need help on? What has God disciplined you on many times, but you keep doing it? You think it's time to stop and ask for help?
The Word of God, For the Children of God, "Thanks be to God."
I love you all,