"The Lord disciplines the one He loves." Hebrews 12:6
Every wise parent knows the importance of discipline. How dangerous it is for both children
and society when children do not learn limits, the meaning of the word not backed up by
appropriate discipline! Spoiled children, on the one hand, and neglected children, on the other,
are unlikely to be happy and well-rounded and can be menaces to society when they grow up.
If we are God’s children, then, we should expect God to treat us a wise parent does, bringing us
up with appropriate discipline. God refuses to spoil or ignore us. He does not let us get away
with sin and rebellion. The Lord has His ways of calling us to repentance when we do wrong,
and setting us again on the way we should go.
But we take confidence that the Lord’s discipline of us is fatherly – we are His sons and
daughters. His discipline comes not from hatred, but from love. This truth is offered so we may
cling to it when things get difficult. If God takes away something precious to us or gives us a
heavy cross to bear, it is for our good. Our Father knows what we need even better than we do
ourselves. He uses the crosses of life to train us so that we may trust Him more fully, follow
Him more closely, and love Him more deeply.
Father, train me in the way of Your commands. Amen.