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Today’s 2333 Devotional: “Holy Discipline”
As parents we should never start off disciplining our children by spanking them. Instead, we talk with them revealing their wrongful behavior. Only then do we begin the discipline process, each time becoming a little more intense. It may start by standing them in the corner, sending them to their room, taking away certain privileges to get them to listen and obey. Only when these don’t work do we then start spanking.
This is how the Lord works as well in His discipline. God never begins with the harshest punishment possible. Instead, He begins gently through His word and warning signs. Then it progresses in order to bring about repentance, that is, turning away from our sin and back towards Him.
This was brought out in God’s plagues upon the Egyptians in the deliverance of His people from their bondage to slavery. And the last one was the worst, but it produced deliverance.
“I will bring yet one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. Afterward he will let you go from here … all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die … Then there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as was not like it before, nor shall be like it again.” (Exodus 11:1, 4, 6)
But the Lord started by telling Pharaoh to let His people go. This was then followed by signs and various plagues, each progressively worse.
Actually, God’s discipline is His grace in action.
Often, we have a skewed perspective because of our parent’s inability to discipline, or their being over-zealous. Another way is not heeding His warnings before it’s too late, and He pulls out His holy paddle.
So, we need to be in God’s word on a daily basis and be open to the Holy Spirit giving us guidance so we can seek forgiveness and repent.
“Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; therefore, do not despise the chastening of the Almighty.” (Job 5:17)
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