Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Delight and Discipline

Does God look at you with delight or does He plan discipline? The answer is yes and yes. The Sovereign God loves His creation and Father God disciplines His children.

We enjoy the thoughts of a God who loves us, a God who delights in us. A parent understands the love and delight over a child. But do we truly understand how much God loves us? Before you answer that question, remember that He is God and anything He does surpasses anything we do, including love. 1 John 3:1 (NIV) tells us so:

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!

Concentrate on the synonyms for the word lavish: give freely to, spend generously on, bestow on, heap on, shower with. Now pay attention to the synonyms for delight: take pleasure in, revel in, luxuriate in, wallow in, glory in, adore, love, relish. Can’t you just picture yourself engulfed in a mountain of love from the Heavenly Father? The love He sheds on us is indeed more than we can even imagine! Read below His own words of delight to His people.

Yet on your fathers did the LORD set His affection to love them, and He chose their descendants after them, even you above all peoples, as it is this day. Deuteronomy 10:15 (NASB)

The Lord delighted only in your fathers, to love them; and He chose their descendants after them, you above all peoples, as it is this day. Deuteronomy 10:15 (NKJV)
It will no longer be said to you, “Forsaken,” Nor to your land will it any longer be said, “Desolate”; But you will be called, “My delight is in her,” And your land, “Married”; For the LORD delights in you, And to Him your land will be married. Isaiah 62:4 (NASB)

The steps of a man are established by the LORD, And He delights in his way. Psalm 37:23 (NASB)
...the blameless in their ways are His delight. Proverbs 11:20b (NKJV)

...the prayer of the upright is His delight. Proverbs 15:8b (NKJV)

Yes, the Lord definitely delights in a people that He loves, but His desire for us is righteousness. Notice the two Scriptures above and the words blameless and upright. God is eager for our righteousness; He yearns for us to be holy as He is holy. He sent His Son to die for us so that through Him we might walk upright and blameless. But when we aren’t walking with Him daily, we cause Him heartache with our offenses. That’s when His discipline is deserved.

How many times have our own children broken our hearts with their disobedience? They’ve needed our discipline and out of love we’ve corrected them. Imagine the heart of our Heavenly Father when He sees our disobedience. It pains Him but He must discipline us to get our attention so that our lives can produce righteous fruit that glorifies Him. Read below His words of discipline, but don’t be discouraged; they’re cloaked in love!

He who withholds his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him diligently. Prov. 13:24 (NASB)

“Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves, so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. Job 5:17 (NASB)
But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world. 1 Corinthians 11:32 (NASB)

You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons,
It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. 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. Heb. 12:4-11 (NASB)

Discipline is for our own good and God’s glory! It produces good fruit, beautiful vessels, a faithful flock, a cherished bride, a praiseworthy temple; simply put --- grace-filled children of a revered God. How delighted God is in the people He loves!

Does God look at you with delight or does He plan discipline? The answer is yes. For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 2 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV) Whatever it takes, Lord, may my life bring You glory!

No comments:

Post a Comment