Monday, 28 October 2019
Jeremiah 46:28 Fear not, O Jacob My servant, declares the LORD, for I am with you. I will make a full end of all the nations to which I have driven you, but of you I will not make a full end. I will discipline you in just measure, and I will by no means leave you unpunished.
This sounds like a paradox, but - looked at carefully - is actually a blessing. We are told not to fear, because unlike all the nations who have rejected the Lord, we shall be preserved. We shall be disciplined, punished for our offences, but preserved and chastened so that we may be seen to be the people of God, spotless and without wrinkle. God promises that our discipline will only in just measure: what is needed and no more. Should we ask to be spared that appropriate discipline? No, while we should certainly ask for grace and mercy to endure, we must submit to the essential hand of God, knowing that He will only do what is necessary.
Hebrews 12:6-7 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives. It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?
The discipline that we receive from God is right, just and appropriate; it is our proof that we are His children and that He loves us.