The creator of Heaven and Earth thinks your life is important enough to spend some quality time with you coaching you on how to get better. Listening is a good option, I should think.
11 My son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord Or loathe His reproof,12 For whom the Lord loves He reproves, Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.
Proverbs 3:11-12 (NASB)
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
2 Timothy 3:16
Are you perfect? Do you always make the right choice? Do you make mistakes? If you are a human being, and truthful, the answers to the three question above should be No, No, Yes. If you gave different answers then congratulations at accomplishing something only one other person in recorded history was able to do; live flawlessly.
For the rest of us, we sometimes need correction. For some of us, the memories of a parent correcting them is not one of love, but one of pain and anguish. For others correction was never offered so recognizing it is sometimes difficult. In both cases the idea of a loving father disapproving of what is being done (i.e. how someone is living their life) does not conjure the idea of ‘love’ being behind the correction, but rather rage, hate, loathing, or some other undesirable motivation is envisioned.
God does not correct His children, us, from a position of anything but love. The scripture for this devotional says that outright. If you have identified God’s hand in your life chastising or correcting you in some way you should rejoice for it is done out of an abundance of love for you, His child.
Forget the action and the chastisement for a minute. God loves you, personally, enough to take time out of His activities to comment on your life. He is interested in you. He thinks you are great and has decided to include you in His plan, so He is presenting you with a nudge to come more alongside what He is doing so you can spend more time with Him. Why is God spending His time on you? Because He thinks You Are Worthy.
Questions for Reflection
- Is God’s decision to spend time helping you with your life a good decision or a bad one? Why or why not?
- Do you believe God can present reproofs for actions in someone’s life and do so because He loves them? Why or why not?
- What should be done concerning an activity once someone has identified the reproof of God concerning that activity?
You are not trash. You are not wasted. You are not broken. You are loved. You are pursued. You are wanted, because God says You Are Worthy.
This devotion relates to the scripture used in the book You Are Worthy by Mark Malcolm, coming to Kindle soon. To be kept up to date on the release of this, and other writings from The Cavalier, join us on Facebook HERE or follow us on Twitter @FirstChevalier.