Wednesday, April 22, 2020
A Mark of God’s Love
“For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives” (Hebrews 12:6 nkjv).
Have you ever wondered what the phrase “Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” means? Let’s remember what David said a few verses earlier: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1 nkjv).
David, a shepherd himself, would have carried two very critical tools: A rod and a staff. A staff was basically a long instrument with a crook on the end to pull a wayward sheep back into line. But then there was the rod, which is self-explanatory.
The shepherd would use the rod to defend his sheep against predators. But he might also have to use it to get a wayward sheep’s attention. One quick whack, and the sheep paid attention.
We’re just like those sheep. The Lord is our Shepherd, and sometimes He tells us not to do something. But we do it anyway. So He says, “Don’t do that.” And we keep doing it. Then God essentially says, “Don’t make me use this.” Yet we continue to disobey.
Whack! Now the Lord has our attention. It’s hard for us to believe that God would allow a hardship in our lives because He loves us. It seems that He would want to protect His children from all difficulties.
Just as a shepherd takes care of his sheep, the Lord takes care of us. And when God disciplines us, it’s an indication that we are His children.
That discipline might be something that seems like the worst-case scenario at the time. But ultimately, it can be the very thing that actually brings us to our senses.
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