Divine Discipline

 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? Hebrews 12:7 NLT

When I was a child, I hated to get in trouble. I would do all I could to behave in a manner that pleased the adults because punishment, was not my friend. If I knew that it was my turn to do a particular chore, I did it. If I went out and I was told to be home at 7 pm, I was home at 6:55. I did everything possible to stay out of trouble: sometimes it worked and other times it didn’t. As I got older, I understood the importance of discipline in my life. I looked at other children who enjoyed a less restricted life and I appreciated the restrictions that I had in mine.

As a parent, I did the same thing with my children. I understood the power of discipline, but I tried to administer discipline a little differently. You see, I believe that each generation should improve on parenting skills. Discipline is a mainstay in the life of a caring parent. In the same way, God sometimes administers discipline in the lives of His children. When Moses was in the wilderness, the people complained about not having water. They complained a lot! They pestered Moses because they were thirsty. Exodus 17:3 says, But tormented by thirst, they continued to argue with Moses. “Why did you bring us out of Egypt? Are you trying to kill us, our children, and our livestock with thirst? ”It’s never easy leading people with a degree in complaining. God told Moses to strike the Rock. He struck the Rock and water came gushing out.

As I said before, people with a degree in complaining, never stop. They were experiencing thirst again but failed to remember that God who was providing for them, would provide what they needed. This time God told Moses to take the staff but speak to the Rock. Moses allowed his frustration to get the better of him and he lost control. He chastised the people and struck the Rock twice. God was displeased with his actions. As a result, God did not allow Moses to lead the nation into the promised land. That was his punishment for disobedience. God administers divine discipline.

Thought for Today: Friend, God disciplines His children.

Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.

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