Bible Reading: Psalm 119.65-72
You have dealt well with Your servant, O Lord, according to Your word. Teach me good discernment and knowledge, for I believe in Your commandments. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word. You are good and do good; teach me Your statutes. The arrogant have forged a lie against me; with all my heart I will observe Your precepts. Their heart is covered with fat, but I delight in Your law. It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes. The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
When I was a child, I think I was probably one of the worst little monsters on the planet. Though I didn’t get caught all of the time, I did get caught often enough to be uncomfortable. My parents believed in instilling discipline to an otherwise unruly child. Needless to say, I failed to then see the necessity of their reactions. I think they tried nearly every legal form of discipline, short of shipping me off to a military academy. Discipline was not fun.
The Psalmist here speaks of learning through affliction. Affliction results in turning to the word of God, and learning to follow. In short, we are drawn closer to the Lord and His word through the power of discipline.
Many adults don’t like discipline. We find it to be uncomfortable, and we often use the “unfair” word. Discipline is necessary. It grows us, and teaches us not only obedience, but also dependence on the Lord. Hebrews 12:5-6 speaks of God’s love for us as it relates to discipline. The bottom line is this: God desperately loves each of us, and just as any earthly parent would, uses discipline when necessary to draw us closer to an obedient and faithful walk with Him. Read your Bible. Read it every day. Read it prayerfully, asking that God uses His word to impact us and give us a heart for diligent, loving obedience to our Heavenly Father, who loves us so much that He gave His one and only Son as a sacrifice for OUR sins, so that we might have the means to be drawn to Him.
Praise God with a loud and triumphant voice, for He is our God, and we wish to be His obedient and loving children. Amen.
Weekly Memory Verse: Your hands made me and fashioned me; give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments. Psalm 119.73