The word discipline has a negative connotation to it similar to. It implies that someone did something wrong and corrective action must be applied. It is almost sounds like punishment. There is significant difference between the two. Discipline is a tool of God’s love for His Children.
Proverbs 3:11-12 says, “My son, 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 he delights in.”
Yesterday, I talked about how God is a jealous God after your heart. You can be sure God will remove those obstacles that keep God from going after your heart.
Here is a practical example from my life. Sometimes I can have the tendency to be on the internet too much. I can remember a few weeks ago, the internet went out for a few days and I took a different approach to the situation. This time I viewed it as coming FROM God. He wanted me to spend more time with Him. It wasn’t a punishment where I felt the wrath of God for doing something wrong.
Rather, I viewed it as a sign of God’s discipline and love. It was a perspective changed. God loved me so much that He needed to provide a wake up call.
Hebrews 12:11 goes as far as saying, “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it,”
So the lesson in God’s discipline is that it is a sign of God’s love for us. We should take great joy when we are being disciplined by Holy God because it is shaping us into the Godly men and women that we were destined to be.