I have been sticking with the daily scriptures on the Bible App over the past few days. It’s always a good word, but sometimes I am prompted to read a bit more and dive into what the context of that scripture is and how I can learn from it. This morning (May 8th, 2018) the scripture was Isaiah 48:17- “This is what the Lord says- your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.” When you were little did you ever hear “Because I said so” from your parents in response to a disciplinary moment? I did and yes there were times when I was being deliberately disobedient or disrespectful and that was enough reason to stop what I was doing. But there were other times when I was taught why I shouldn’t do that thing. It is such a wonderful picture of the care of Father God. There may be times where he doesn’t reveal the reasoning behind the chastening. But he knows what is best for us and if we will surrender our stubborn hearts to him, he sometimes teaches us why.
I was at a ladies small group the other day and one of my friends, an elementary school teacher, was sharing about how the Lord was working with her in the area of obedience. She realized that the same way she expressed “I do this or ask you to not do that because I love you” was the same way the Lord dealt with her. Sometimes he gives us an explanation but there comes a point where we have the opportunity to mature and not demand an explanation but trust that he loves us. That right there should be reason enough. Okay, let me hop down from this soapbox. As we learn more about his character and do life with him, we will be more understanding when the discipline comes. I pray that you and I both would have the courage to surrender and develop a teachable heart. He is saying, “trust me because I love you and I know what is best for you. I will direct you in the way you should go.”
I hope you see his heart in this. He is not forceful, rather he is gentle in his discipline. We have a tendency to view our heavenly Father the way that we view our earthly fathers. I don’t know your story or background but I know that he is our Redeemer and he is able to turn everything around for good. Our Abba Father is so kind and loving, and he has such a tender heart towards you. I pray that your mind would be renewed to see his true character today.
I pray that your day would be blessed, that you would have a fresh glimpse of the Father’s heart. May the Holy Spirit give you an even deeper revelation as it relates to you in your current season. I pray that this would be a monumental mountain moment for you as you make the decision to renew your mind on the topic of discipline and trust. That you would rely on his wisdom in a greater way. Amen.
Thanks for trucking with me today. I hope that this post opened your eyes and brought a different perspective to you. Have a wonderful Tuesday and I will be writing again very soon!