Psalm 94:12 Blessed is the man you discipline, O Lord, the man you teach from your law;
“This hurts me more than it hurts you.” These words I can remember my mother saying while she whipped me for something I had done wrong. Those words did not make my pain any less. As a matter of fact, I did not understand it then at all. However, as I grew older, I come to understand just what Mama was trying to convey. Her discipline was a sign of her love for me even though I had to endure the hurt. The punishment was her way of bringing correction; to steer me from the wrong and into the right direction. The psalmist wrote Blessed is the man you discipline, O Lord. . . How can discipline make one happy? Is it ever pleasant to be disciplined by God? Discipline is defined as “the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience.” Hebrews 12:11 records No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. A father who loves his children will discipline them to correct the error of their ways. God disciplines his children because he loves them and his desire is to teach them to obey his law (Word). Perhaps you feel like everything is falling apart in your life, nothing seems to go right, or you may feel dejected. I challenge you today, if you feel you are being punished by God check your behavior and realize this is an expression of God’s love for you. Open up to God and ask what are you trying to teach me. Learn from His discipline and you will find peace.