I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are righteous, And that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.
I know, God, that if you cause me suffering, it is because you judge righteously, it is because You are faithful.
God created us. We know He is just, righteous, and faithful. We know He is merciful. We know He is kind to us because He loves us. We know He is compassionate. We know His word is worth delighting in and meditating on. We know He takes away our shame. Understanding of His word comes from Him. We know He comforts us in our suffering. When our suffering is the result of discipline, do we turn to Him or away?
We need to remember what we already know.
You and I, we are His to do with as He pleases because He created us. But He is faithful. Therefore I don’t need to be afraid unless I stray from His word.
Remember what you already know. Even if you suffer because God is disciplining you, He still loves, comforts, shows mercy and compassion, removes shame, and provides community and acceptance among His people when we return to obedience to His word.
When He disciplines us, do we turn back or do we blame Him for our suffering as though He doesn’t have the right? That’s just further rebellion against Him.
Don’t resent God’s discipline. Somehow, we have to get past anger against Him for our suffering and learn to accept it joyfully.
The book of Hebrews tells us “All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.” (Hebrews 12:11 NASB)
Whether the suffering is because of His discipline or because we are His followers in a fallen world, He will use it to make us more like Christ.
We need to delight in, meditate on, be obedient to His word. We need His mercy, love, and compassion, as well as the community and acceptance of His church.
Obedience, understanding, and faith are the direct results of His grace. Discipline is also a result of His grace. Anything that God uses to transform me into the image of Christ is a direct result of the grace of Christ.
We need God’s discipline.