Our response to God’s loving correction determines whether we will benefit from it. We can respond to God’s chastening in one of three ways.
- We can just resign ourselves to it without gaining instruction from it.
- We can “buckle under” and become so depressed that we doubt God’s love for us.
- We can gratefully accept it and thank God for loving us enough to correct us.
The third response is the right one, for it always benefits us and brings glory to God.
These three responses remind me of the way certain birds react in a rainstorm. The duck is indifferent to the rain – oblivious to its effect. The chicken becomes a most miserable, helpless creature in the downpour. But the robin sings in the rain, seemingly thankful for the refreshing showers.
What is our response when God lovingly chastens us? If we react like the robin, we become more than conquerors through Him who loves us. Of course, no chastening is pleasant that it will yield the fruit of righteousness if we let it work in us.
Have you been complaining because of God’s discipline? Remember, He is working to make you more like His Son. Try praising Him! That’s the right response. – Paul R. Van Gorder
All God’s testings have a purpose –
Someday you will see the light;
All He asks is that you trust Him;
Walk by faith and not by sight. – Zoller
What happens to us is not nearly important as what happens in us.
- January 20, 1992, Our Daily Bread