After punishment comes restoration. I mentioned yesterday about having to give my precious daughter spankings. The blessing about discipline is it gives opportunity for correcting wrong, but also deepening our relationship. If done right, discipline should not drive a wedge, but act as a bonding agent that draws us together. I know it may sound strange, but some of the best talks with my children have come after correction and discipline. When their heart is made right and fellowship is mended.
The Bible even says in Hebrews 12:11 – “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
I cannot tell you how overjoyed my heart is when my children come to me after discipline, and let me know they are sorry and that they love me. As I see them grow, and learn from discipline it reminds me of its great importance in their lives. It sure isn’t fun, but the fruit it yields is undeniable.
Jeremiah tells of the time, after 70 years of captivity, when God’s people will enjoy fellowship with Him again. This is not the end for them, God was not done with His people Israel. The spanking is going to smart something bad, but God’s intention was not to break them but to refine them. He wanted them to love Him unconditionally again, and turn back to Him.
After years of warnings, blessings, small punishments, and more, God finally had to allow His longsuffering to run out, and discipline His children. One day they would enjoy His presence anew and a fresh!
This reality alluded to an even greater time in the great tribulation when Israel will return to God and recognize Jesus as Messiah... God is not done with His people! Through the seventieth week of Daniel, God will capture the attention of His people, and they will turn to Him in droves.
God is not done with you! You might have made some major mistakes, but God grace is sufficient to restore fellowship with Him. Accept the discipline and look forward to restored fellowship.
“For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.” – Proverbs 3:12
Daily Scripture Reading
“But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.”