Saturday, January 5, 2019

D I S C I P L I N E
Proverbs 3:11-12

How many of us would say that we have an ideal father?  Who among us has a dad 100% without fault or inconsistency?  The Lord God is that kind of Father.

In Proverbs chapter 3 and verses 11 and 12 we read, “My son (daughter), do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent His rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those He loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.”

Most of us know what it is to be disciplined by our coaches.  It’s something that if not understood, we could soon despise.  Our parents may have rebuked us for foolish things we did as children and many of us may have resented their chastening.  I don’t know how many times I wondered if my coach was crazy while we ran laps after practice for bonehead plays.  We often resented the discipline at the moment, but as we grew in our sport, we realized the wisdom in his correction.

That same principle applies to life on a wider scale.  God will lovingly correct those whom He loves.  He will not sit passively by and let you destroy yourself.  He will correct, discipline and sometimes rebuke us.    Be careful to not despise His correction, it comes for your benefit and is driven by His profound love for you.

In today’s competition, do not resent your coaching staff’s correction and discipline.  As we work together, we will be more successful that any of us dreamed.  Have a great day; compete like a champion!

Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 3:1-12
Acts 3
Psalms 5