Nothing New Here
When I read these two sentences from Hebrews 12, my initial reaction is typically, “I know; can we move on now?” I know there is no joy in being disciplined, I know it is for my own good, I know that I am broken, and I know therefore I need to ‘dry up’ and quit my whining. I know.
Apparently I don’t know, because if I did, I would not be so eager to get through this passage of scripture. The fact that I am displeased that the Lord has me camped-out in this spot merely proves my point. This present chastening is un-joyful and as a result, the Lord has hit me with a ‘Proverb Bomb.’ Please pardon this Proverbial-paraphrase of these eight rebuke-filled axioms:
Turn at my rebuke…I will pour out my spirit on you (and) make my words known to you…Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you…a scoffer does not listen to rebuke…Poverty and shame will come to him who disdains correction…he who regards a rebuke will be honored…he who heeds rebuke gets understanding…Rebuke is more effective for a wise man than a hundred blows on a fool….rebuke is better than love carefully concealed….rebuke give wisdom
Actually, I am not as bad (in this area) as I used to be. I have allowed the Lord to imprint upon my heart the words of James 1:2, “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, ” but I also realize that I must return to this place often in case I begin to believe that I have it all figured out and that somehow my healing is complete.
These articles may or may not be related:
- Grow up! Quit your whining…. (radiqx.com)
- Good Morning October 1 (lifesmeaningministries.wordpress.com)
- Wisdom’s Rebuke (loopyloo305.com)
- The Psalms 6 – A Prayer for Mercy in Time of Trouble (revthechristianlife.wordpress.com)
- Rebuke or MYOB? The Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How. (sweettea.typepad.com)
- PREACHERS ARE CALLED TO CLEAN THE SPIDERS FROM THE KING’S PALACE. [Proverbs 30:28] (jackwoodard.wordpress.com)
- The Discipline of the Lord (trinityspeaks.wordpress.com)
- The Right Way of Accepting God’s Discipline (idkh.org)
- “Love Thine Enemy?” How So? (themadjewess.com)
- Psalm 6 (psalmss.wordpress.com)