Grateful for Discipline

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Key Bible Verse: Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment. (Psalm 32:6)

Dig Deeper: 

God’s wrath is an expression of his goodness, provoked when we choose to disobey him, deserved, and meant to motivate us to live holy lives.

What an incredible God we have that his wrath is never hateful or cruel but rather always right, good, and merited. The next time we experience painful natural consequences or the withdrawal of blessing, we need to be grateful that God expresses his anger in ways that can ultimately benefit us if we will turn away from what we are doing wrong.

Job 5:17 tells us, “Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty” (NIV). When we drill down into a verse such as that one, we can grow in our respect for God’s righteousness and understand that he loves us too much to ignore our unrighteousness. We can go from resenting God’s discipline to seeing that it comes out of his love for us and is aimed at helping us grow. Let’s thank God that he loves us too much to passively watch as we break his laws.

– Chris Thurman in The Lies We Believe About God

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