My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.
When God Repeats Himself
When God repeats Himself in scripture, it’s never without a purpose. Therefore, you should always pay attention to spiritual truth that shows up in both the Old and New Testaments.
The book of Hebrews quotes this promise in chapter 12, verses 5-6, so we might want to listen up.
Discipline is Not Punishment
Many people think that God’s discipline is God punishing His children. Every problem they encounter is seen as God’s punishment.
When something terrible happens, their first thought is that God is punishing them. They don’t see God as the loving Father who desires the best for them.
This verse is more about training than punishment. God is always working in your life for your good. The only way a muscle grows is by putting it under stress. When you lift weights, you are building your muscles by pushing them to their limit.
Trials Build Your Faith
God allows various trials in your life to build your faith and trust in Him. As your faith is tested, it grows and develops.
As a father, I want the best for my children. My children may feel like I am limiting their freedom when I don’t let them play in the street. They may not like it when I force them to do their homework, but it is for their good. Because I love them, I bring discipline into their lives.
A father who doesn’t train his children doesn’t love them. A child needs discipline and training to grow into a responsible mature adult. God loves you so much that He will not allow you to stay the way you are. He works in your life to grow your faith.
Never resent God when you face trials. Every problem is an opportunity for God to take you to the next level in your faith and walk with Him.
Look at that promise one more time.
My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights. – Proverbs 3:11-12
Make these confessions.
God’s discipline is always for my good.
Because He loves me, He tests and stretches my faith.
I don’t always enjoy discipline, but it makes me spiritually mature.
I welcome His discipline because it makes me more like Him.
In Jesus Name,
Because God loves you, He sometimes has to correct you. He does that to make you stronger and to bring you back to Himself. He always does it out of love.
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