by Darla Noble
It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. Let him sit alone and keep silence, because he has laid it on him.
When I was little my parents told me not to ride my tricycle in the road in front of our house. They followed those instructions by telling me that if I did, I would be disciplined-to the tune of a hand to my behind.
When I was sixteen, my parents gave me a curfew. They followed these instructions with the warning that losing my driving privileges would be the disciplinary action of choice.
God has given us definitive instructions not to sin. He followed these instructions with the warning that we will be disciplined for our disobedience.
Discipline is for our own good. Discipline protects us from harm and results in making us people of integrity. But most of all, discipline saves us from our sin and secures our home in Heaven for all eternity.
God, I don’t always like discipline, but I know it is necessary and even good. Help me accept Your discipline for what it is-character refinement. Help me grow because of it. In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen.