As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all.
– Hebrews 12:7-8

When storms come into our lives, some of them can be considered correcting storms. After Jonah disobeyed God and tried to run the other way, a great storm arose, and God took hold of the reluctant prophet and put him back on course. That storm was the result of Jonah’s own disobedience to God and the call on his life.

Many times we bring storms on ourselves when we do the wrong things and then experience the repercussions. And sometimes God will allow us to reap what we have sown so that we ultimately will change our ways.

But when we go astray and then face God’s discipline, it is a reminder that we are His children. Hebrews 12:7-8 tells us, “As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all.”

David wrote, “Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me” (Psalm 23:4). The staff is that long, crooked instrument the shepherd used to pull a wayward sheep back into line. But the rod is a club. And sometimes the shepherd would use the rod to break a sheep’s legs, if necessary. That may seem drastic, but it is better to have a broken leg than to become a leg of lamb. If that sheep wandered away from the others, he was easy prey. So the shepherd protected that wayward sheep and the others that may have followed it.

I remember as a boy being a very adventurous lad that needed to get into everything. Find out how everything worked and one of my favorite questions was, “Why?” Oh, I drove people crazy with my need to know how things worked. I took apart my parents TV when I was maybe 5, and boy let me tell you… I was disciplined, I was spanked and sent to my room. Of course I was mad as a hornet… But, the discipline was only because my parents cared and loved me enough to know that something could have seriously happened to me and they corrected my behavior.

The same thing goes for us, here and now. When we mess up… The Lord has His way in, “correcting” our mistake and punishing us just enough for us to learn and grow from our wrongs. A father in today’s world represent’s our guide, or teacher and a person to imitate here on earth to guide us to our Father, our Lord in Heaven. The father her should discipline and correct our actions to show us right from wrong. We as children should always obey our fathers here. We need to have faith that our father’s will provide, not just the necessities we need, but the spiritual needs we deserve.
 

Brother Jonathan

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