Devotional for Friday November 22nd

Good Morning Everyone,

Our theme for this month: “Trusting God”

Our Bible verse for today: “Joyful are those you discipline, Lord, those you teach with your instructions.” Psalm 94:12 (NLT)

Our thought for today: “Trust the Lord when He disciplines you.”

“Joyful” are those who receive discipline? Seriously? I don’t know about you but I can’t recall a single time I was ever happy about being on the receiving end of discipline. Not as a child as a child and not as an adult; not before I was saved and not since. Never have I been happy about it. And yet, the writer of Psalm 94 says that when we receive discipline at the hand of God we should in fact be joyful. Why?

Both the Hebrew and the Greek languages use the same words to express the ideas of “discipline” and “teaching”. Discipline and teaching are both designed to accomplish the same thing. When we are taught and/or disciplined by God we should grow and end up better than we were.

Now back to the question about being joyful for having been disciplined. If you’re a Christian and your goal really is to mature into more of the likeness of Christ, and if you’ve gotten off track to the point that God intervenes with correction, you should be joyful and thankful because the longer we’re off track the further we will drift from being in the center of God’s will and the worse life will get. The further we are from Him the less He will bless us.

If God disciplines us as a form of correction, and we respond as we should by correcting our behavior and thereby moving back into the center of His will, it is pure gain for us and that is something to be joyful about.

In Philippians 1:6 Paul wrote, “I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (HCSB) The truth is that God has a picture in His mind of the person He wants to transform you into and He will continue to work in your life as necessary to keep you moving in the right direction towards achieving that goal. So trust the Lord when He disciplines you. There’s a good reason behind it and you will be better for it.

God Bless,
Pastor Jim

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