"and you have forgotten the exhortation
which is addressed to you as sons,
'My son, Do not regard lightly
the discipline of the Lord,
Nor faint when you are
reproved by Him;
For those whom the Lord loves
And He scourges every son
whom He receives.'"
"Behold, how happy is the man
whom the God reproves."
We haven't even finished celebrating the Memorial Day holiday, before the Father's Day merchandise is front and center in the stores. Even the Fourth of July stuff is creeping out; following on its heels, the week after will be back to school sales; and it won't be long until Halloween junk will breathe down our necks. But we will kick-start our own little pondering on this passage, a father-son one. I'm sure I told you how six year old Ezra looked away dreamingly saying on Mother's Day, "I can't wait for Brother's Day to come!"
Hmm. I don't like discipline. Do you? But a world of undisciplined people is an unpleasant thought. Teen Challenge is full of those who basically were fatherless, or who had fathers who did not rise to this responsibility. This indeed helped to lead them to "self-will run riot."
I'm thankful that God is our Father, and He doesn't shrink His responsibility to raise us up right. Jesus taught us to pray, "Our Father...Thy will be done..." He would not discipline us unless He loved us. So are you happy, happy, happy, even though this might not be your first thought when God gives you a spanking?
"Sufferings are for chastening.
And chastening is from love,
a token of God's fatherly care...
Every trial comes from God
as a call to come away from the world
to Him, to trust Him, to believe in His love...
'To be more than conqueror through
Him who loved us.'"
We came home the other day to find that our son, who had been in trouble, had written on the dirty back windshield of the other car, "#1 Dad." That's how we should trace through our dirty spots when under His discipline, "#1 Father."