Our perspective should be an eternal one…not a temporary one. If it is, discipline is a way of shaping us into a holy life and inspiring others to do the same.
For our good
I have talked about this several times, but it bears repeating…God is God and we are not…we do not know what His ultimate plan is and why things happen the way they do. There is nothing wrong with that. If we knew His plan, we would be on the same level He is on and I don’t want to serve a God that I am on the same level with…
My God is mighty and strong…He is the great creator, yet loves you and me individually.
He is also a God that doesn’t like sin. He doesn’t want His children to go the wrong way. He wants good things for His children. But, when we go our own way and do it the way we want it, we have to be brought back to the right place. That takes discipline.
Last week, we talked about how God let David know that He knew what had happened and that it wasn’t acceptable. He wanted David to see the mistake he had made and repent.
There were harsh consequences to David’s sin. God wants us to be on the right path and do the right thing.
Sometimes the punishment we seem to be going through may seem unfair or unbearable. We are always seeing things from our perspective…through our own lens. And often, what we see as discipline is really not. It is just all part of a plan and design that we just don’t get.
Let’s look at Hebrews 12:11-17 for insight.
When it is discipline, it is important to remember that God wants what is right and sometimes that discipline is painful.
But, the discipline is not just for discipline. There is a reason for it. We should learn from it, repent of the sin and become stronger as a result. We use the big ‘sin’ word in church but not so much in the world. Sin is basically when we do something in disobedience or don’t do something we should be doing. Sins have a wide range and a sin is a sin. We judge the type of sin, but in reality, when we sin, we need to be brought back on the right path.
Discipline is often painful in order to redirect us and lead us on the right path. What discipline do you remember most when growing up from your parents? You don’t remember the daily redirections…if you did, you wouldn’t have had to have them. You remember the big discipline…the time you had your car taken away (I did)…or the time that you had to do extra chores that took a long time.
You remember what you did and you most likely made a concerted effort not to do that again. God wants the same for us.
He wants us to walk upright spiritually and be able to ‘hold our heads up high’ and to be holy. We can’t do that unless He shows us the way. When we go our own way, we have to be brought back to the proper place. Our way will always lead to destruction but His way is holy.
Many times, we don’t feel like we should undergo punishment…this is our life and what you do shouldn’t affect anyone else. That just isn’t reality. Reality is that our lives are all intertwined. The quote that ‘no man is an island’ is true. And especially if we are truly living as Christians, we are living in community.
When we consider that what we do not only affects us but affects many others as well, discipline is even more needed. God hasn’t called us to do what we want, when we want, and just to call on Him when we get in trouble.
Living as a Christian is a lifestyle. We do the things we do because of the One we serve…the One who takes care of us and loves us unconditionally. And yes, we have to be brought back to a right place so that we learn and grow and become more like Him.