The discipline of the Lord is a good thing. It might be hard in the moment, but in the end, it is what’s best. I know we have a warped sense of discipline, maybe because of our parents or schools, possibly because of overly-harsh discipline, or maybe because we weren’t disciplined often enough. But with God, who is wholly good and loving towards His children, His discipline is always good.
In this passage, we find Israel being corrected and corralled… just like we do in most of the Old Testament. Even in verse 4, we find God talking about Moses, which surely jogged their memories of all the times they needed God’s discipline to right the ship. Unfortunately, the lesson was never fully learned, but fortunately, a Messiah would come who could truly teach them the right way to live amongst each other and worship the Lord. Jesus is the full embodiment of the most famous verse in Micah:
He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the LORD require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
Meditate on this today:
We have a Savior who modeled for us what the abundant life (John 10) should look like. We have a loving Father who redirects our steps and disciplines us when necessary, for our good and His glory. We have the Holy Spirit of God living in us, with us every step of the way, reminding us of who we are and Whose we are.
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor