Joyful are those you discipline, Lord, those you teach with your instructions. (v. 12)
The words “joyful” and “discipline” just don’t seem to go together. Every time I remember discipline it just didn’t seem too joyful! But the Biblical principle is that discipline and instruction from the Lord bring joy to our lives.
Look what the author of Hebrews tells us:
My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child. As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all. Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever? For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. Hebrews 12:5-11
- God’s discipline is always corrective – never punitive or vindictive
- God’s discipline is always perfect – it’s never too much or too little
- God’s discipline is always effective – it gets our attention
- God’s discipline is always loving – it’s motivated by His love for us
- God’s discipline always comes at the right time
You can trust your heavenly Father. So, the next time you experience the discipline of God – look for the joy in it. Welcome God’s correction and instruction and grow through it.
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor