My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves.
The annual Easter egg hunt for our seven young grandchildren had just ended. In the kitchen I was busy preparing our big, midday meal.
I heard the click-click-click of high heels crossing the floor and looked up to see my daughter-in-law. She paused beside me at the kitchen counter and said, “I’m sorry to interrupt, but I need a wooden spoon or something like it.”
I was pretty sure I knew what was on her mind. I suspected she was looking for an instrument of correction for their four year-old.
A few minutes earlier she had told him it was too near lunchtime to eat any more candy. However, she’d just found him hiding from her with a telltale chocolate smear on his mouth. Now he was going to experience the consequences.
My grandson’s mother and father love him a lot! That’s why they bother to correct his behavior. Our heavenly Father disciplines us for the same reason.
The scripture tells us, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves.” (Hebrews 12:6)
Just like my grandson, we sometimes make bad choices to satisfy our appetites. When we do, God works in our lives to correct us. His discipline is a good thing.
It’s a sign of His love.
Father, we’re awed by the many ways You demonstrate Your love for each of us.