I love this post from several years ago. It is not only encouragement for us in our relationship with God, but an example for earth bound fathers. We can see that discipline takes patience, love, and help.
I came to the realization today that God has me in a tight spot with no wiggle room. I can’t wiggle myself out of this situation. The only thing I can do is trust Him. I have a tendency toward self-reliance, but I can’t think myself out of this one. God knows me so well. I chuckle at myself as I realize that God has infinite patience. He can wait me out. I am slowly surrendering.
As I ponder this quandary, I recognize the Father’s touch. He loves me enough to work in my life. He is disciplining me. I then remember the words of Hebrews 12:5-6:
And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”
The God of the universe is taking time for me! He loves me enough to discipline me. I can’t take this lightly.
I now have a choice. I can humble myself and learn the lesson, or I can resist and gain nothing. Surrendering to discipline is not easy. Verse 11 reminds us, “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.” Yes, I concur that it’s painful, but the verse continues, “Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” I hope I can stick it out. I will definitely need His help.
I pray by God’s mercy and grace that I will learn this lesson. May my heart be humbled and encouraged, so I might reap the fruit of this lesson and gain what the Father intends for my life.