because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.” Hebrews 12:6 NIV
The visitors drove into the spacious garden of their friend´s house. As they came around a corner they could see the youngest son on a terrace at the bottom of the yard. He had found some matches and had just lit a small pile of leaves on fire. His mother came out of the house to greet their guests and saw the flames. She called him inside. The visitors were still getting out of the car when the small boy came running back out of the house. He was shouting, “I didn´t cry! I didn´t cry!” He was so happy about how grown-up he was getting. How do we take the discipline we get as our loving Father corrects us and direct us in the way of righteousness?
Our age does not look highly on discipline. But if we remove consequences from our actions, we will never learn. Our Father in Heaven cares too much about our spiritual health and the future that we cannot see before us. He knows how important it is for us to grow up with the right values. Eternity is a place too marvelous for selfishness or inappropriate motives to creep in. Everyone who would enter the presence of God must grow beyond our former worldly centered goals. We cannot afford to put off the lessons we need to learn. We should embrace correction. We should be happy that God is working to purify our hearts. Shall we accept every experience as a chance to grow closer to Christ and more mature in spirit? Shall we embrace each lesson in life as a direct reminder that God loves us and work with Him to ensure our upward growth?
Please do what it takes to educate us and prepare us for life in Your Kingdom. Discipline us as we need and be our Father forever, we pray!