Blessed is the one you discipline, Lord, the one you teach from your law; you grant them relief from days of trouble, till a pit is dug for the wicked. For the Lord will not reject His people; He will never forsake His inheritance. (Psalm 94:12-14)
If you’re anything like me, you don’t frequently equate the blessing of God with being disciplined by Him! In fact, discipline of any type doesn’t feel good at the time (Hebrews 12:11), so we may lose sight of God’s purposes during the process.
I love that the Psalmist took the time to remind us of what God’s discipline is NOT – it is NOT a sign He has rejected us; it is not an indication that He has forsaken us and written us off! Instead, God’s perfect discipline is to teach us about His ways, and to bring about relief from our troubles.
Isn’t that amazing? God would have every right to smite us right where we stand. If He wanted, He could shame us and drive us away from His presence. But as a loving Father, God’s desire for us (even after we’ve messed up) is to bless us and lead us out of trouble – even trouble of our own making! As a result, we are happy and blessed.
Are you feeling the sting of God’s discipline? Remember – He has not rejected or forsaken you; He simply desires what is best for you in the end – to be closer to Him. –Dave
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