Thursday, December 27
Today's reading: Proverbs 3:11-12
Because we aren't perfect and never will be this side of heaven, we sin. Sometimes we're blatant about it, intentionally choosing to do things our way. Other times our moving away from God is more subtle, like a wandering or drifting away. In both situations and everything in between, if at some point we don't turn back to God, He will eventually use discipline to get our attention and bring us back in alignment with Him.
I doubt I'm alone in saying that I don't particularly enjoy being disciplined. In fact, I try to avoid it. But Proverbs 3:11-12 delivers the message that being disciplined is a necessary part of living for God.
Even though the experience of being disciplined may not be pleasant, we should be thankful for it because God's discipline is evidence of His great love and care for us. Instead of writing us off like a lost cause, He lovingly uses discipline to teach, protect and guide us, and through it all, our relationship with this wonderfully personal God grows and matures.
In times or seasons of discipline, how do you tend to respond, and why? How have you benefitted from God's discipline? What's one example? Tami
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