Friday, January 17 2020
THE CHASTENING OF THE LORD
My son, (and daughters) do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor detest His correction. For whom the Lord loves He corrects, just as a father, the son in whom He delights. Proverbs 3:11,12
If we belong to God we are subject to His discipline, to be corrected any time we veer away from His truth! Many times on our journey with Jesus we get blown off course by the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, but our Captain always steers us back on the course of life!
Our earthly fathers disciplined us for our good and so we should also expect our heavenly Father to do the same for our eternal good. He loves us and is always looking out for our best interests. The devil on the other hand is always looking to trap you and drive you off the path of life, away from the correction of God. Remember what he told Miss Eve, "Has God said, 'You surely shall not die!' "
I have spent most of my adult spiritual life directing Christian residential ministries for men, women and adolescents. Most were never disciplined by their parents, left to their own device only to be drawn away into a life of sin and rebellion. Many were only 18 years old when they came in our program and if you have ever tried to break an 18 year old horse who has never been trained, it is a monumental task!
If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons, (and daughters) for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Hebrews 12:7,8
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin