March 16 The Tool of Discipline

Scripture reading: 2 Chronicles 7:12–14

Key verse: 1 Peter 5:6

Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.

When God sends His discipline, you can be assured that He has something wonderful in mind for your life. And while this may be hard to envision, especially when you are enduring the trial, it is true. God is on your side. He never works against you. Even in times of discipline, God is directing your life.

Discipline is the tool He uses to bring focus to your life when you have drifted from His chosen path or when you are refusing to follow His instruction in a particular situation. Through discipline, you learn how to live a godly life.

Peter admonished us to humble ourselves “under the mighty hand of God.” Why? So that once we have learned the lesson God wants us to learn, we will experience the overflow of His blessings throughout our lives.

This does not mean that the goal of discipline should be only to receive a blessing and nothing else. The greatest benefit of discipline is the potential for intimacy it brings between you and the Lord.

If you do what Peter advised by humbling yourself before the Lord, then you will experience a deeper level of fellowship with God. Your heart and mind will be opened, and you will hear His voice leading you.

Are you facing a difficult time? Greet your adversity with humility. Submit yourself to God, and He will exalt you at the proper time.

Dear Lord, I submit myself to You. Use the tool of discipline in my life.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2002). Seeking His face (p. 79). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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