“God said, ‘My child, don’t ignore it when the Lord disciplines you, and don’t be discouraged when he corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes those he accepts as his children.’” Hebrews 12:4b-6
What? Why would anyone be grateful for discipline? Here’s why: I love you too much to let you wreck your life. You always have a choice to respond to My love and obey My Word, or to rebel. I discipline you through circumstances and individuals like your parents or authorities, and if you pay attention when you are in trouble, you may find that you broke My commands in some way. If I didn’t love you, I’d let you have whatever you want and never protect you from harm. But I DO love you and will do what is best for you. Even if that means sometimes telling you, “no.”
Now What? Pray: “Jesus, I understand now that sometimes the chaos in my life is caused by my own inattention to your direction. There are times when it seems doors are closing left and right, and everything I pursue ends up in disappointment. Rather than feeling discouraged, help me learn to see those closed doors as protection from you. Please keep leading me!”
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An award-winning professional writer, Lisa is founder and CEO of The Penstock Group, Inc., a communications firm that specializes in film and print. With more than 20 years experience in business to business writing and visual media, Lisa’s published work includes trade reports, industry articles, and short stories.