TUESDAY 22 November, 2016
Obedience to God’s Word
And Gad came that day to David and said to him, “Go up, erect an altar to the Lordon the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.” So David, according to the word of Gad, went up as the Lordcommanded. - 2 Samuel 24:18-19
After chastisement; David prayed and repented. Gad was sent in answer to David’s intercession. He was to go up onto the threshing floor belonging to Araunah and build an altar to the LORD. Notice, the fruit of his repentance was full obedience to the Lord.
When we disobey God, as a loving Father, He will chasten us. Hebrews 12:6-9, tells us why we should endure our heavenly Father’s discipline:
For whom the Lordloves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” Ifyou endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons…but if you are without chastening…then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?
Notice, God’s discipline is a part of a loving relationship with the Lord. When He punishes us He always has our best interest at heart:
For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness (Hebrews 12:10).
Are you currently being chastened by the Lord? Although it is never pleasant to be disciplined by Him, understand He loves you and it is for your own good.
…no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
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