March 15 God’s Discipline

Scripture reading: 2 Samuel 24

Key verse: Psalm 119:67

Before I was afflicted I went astray,

But now I keep Your word.

Each of us will face times of discipline. Usually we can trace the origin back to some area of sin. God had to discipline even His greatest servants. David was not an exception. When he decided to count his fighting men, God became angry. David’s faith was supposed to be in God’s ability and not in his own power or military strength.

As a result of David’s sin, the nation of Israel faced the disciplining hand of God. Pressure always builds within when we become involved in things that God has warned us to steer clear of. Many times you can avoid His discipline by asking Him to make you sensitive to the leading of His Spirit.

When discipline does come, realize that it is not His arbitrary punishment against you. God loves you and has a purpose in mind for any instruction He sends your way. He is your loving heavenly Father, who uses discipline only as a tool to bring you closer to Himself.

Your attitude toward His discipline is crucial to future spiritual growth. Take it seriously. Endure it until God releases you because it’s an expression of His perfect love toward you. Submit to it and accept it as something He will use greatly in your life.

Blessing is the reward that comes as a result of your obedience. God’s great and wondrous grace and forgiveness are yours today.

Father, I want to be blessed. Extend Your grace and forgiveness to me today.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2002). Seeking His face (p. 78). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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