How good it is to know that we are children of the most High God!When I had to discipline my children, I felt a battle inside. I would rather not deal with it and just let it blow over (that’s my old nature), then I would feel sorry for them and not want to cause them pain, but I knew what I had to do to teach them right from wrong. I finally understood what my parents often told me, “this is going to hurt me more than it will hurt you.”
Today, part of David’s psalm reminded me of this perspective:
5 His anger lasts for a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may go on all night, but joy comes with the morning.
You see, God loves us too much to leave us alone in our sin. Discipline comes with disobedience – and it can really hurt. But, oh the joy to know that He is teaching us and allowing us to go through certain things to build us up – to make us more like Him.
And, I love these verses from today’s chapter:
11 You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, 12 that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever!
I’m thankful for how You love me, God. Please continue the work you’ve begun in me so that I may be more and more like You. -amen