The Lord disciplines everyone he loves. He scourges everyone he accepts as his child. Hebrews 12:6
Chastisement leads to the acceptance of God’s will.
We know that God has mercy on whomsoever He wants. He corrects some but gives others over to a reprobate mind (Rom. 1). How blessed are we to be corrected by God, it means that we are children of God and He loves us!
Our Father does not stop loving or using us when we turn away or do wrong, He simply disciplines us. Like a pastor who uses his rod to realign the path of his sheep when they’re going off course, God will correct us so that we submit to His will. The consequences of sin seems very similar to the rod of God, but the Lord is not wicked. He allows us attacks, illness and other forms of discipline, not to punish but, to correct us. Christ was punished for our wrongs, so what the Lord seeks is for us to bear the fruit of peace and righteousness (Heb. 12:11).
The discipline of God comes in forms of rebuke, loss or limitation (feelings of restraint; closed doors or delay). The Lord rebuked Peter when seeing Jesus’ death as a negative thing (Mark 8:33). Psalm 39 says that when the Lord disciplines us for our sin, He consumes what is precious to us. The Lord prevented Moses from entering the Promised Land, he missed out and loss the opportunity he invested in for so long. King Solomon and King Saul both lost their kingdom. We learn in the book of Jonah that the Lord will cause His will to come to pass when we admit we’ve done wrong, but not before encountering discipline of the Lord. He was swallowed by a fish, which limited his movement and whereabouts; he was not exactly dead but he was limited and restrained. And delayed the building of the Temple because of David’s bloodshed.
How great is the mercy of God, that although some people are left to do their own thing our God loves us enough to correct us. Proverbs 13, says if you don’t discipline your son, you then hate your child. We are the children of God and He loves us!
We make mistakes, we fuss, fight and cry when God disciplines us but it is for our own good! We are reaping the fruit of peace and righteousness!
Father God! Thank you for loving us so much that you would take time to correct and realign us. I pray for anybody who does not see why they have to endure chastening. May you help them see that you have a good plan and that they will reap a sweet harvest of reverence, disposition, peace and righteousness. Thank you Lord for reminding us that we are your children. We trust that you work all things for our good. In Jesus name, Amen.