Proverbs 12:1  To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.

Reading this proverb this morning struck my attention immediately.  How against everything in our human mindset this is.  First, why would anyone love discipline?  No matter who is delivering the discipline, the victim definitely does not love them at the time nor do they love the impending discipline that has been delivered.  Now, here is the difference between worldly and spiritual discipline.  The discipline must be handed out by someone in this world.  The difference is where do we see this originating?  Do we see at as unfair worldly decision OR do we see at as being delivered by our Lord through His earthly measure stating his will?  When we view it this way, it becomes an opportunity for us to learn from it.  Only when we see it this way are we going to learn from it exactly what the Father is wanting us to.

How about the second part of this proverb?  It is stupid?  I looked this up in five different translations to see if the word stupid was secluded to just one in particular.  Guess what?  All five had different words for most of the rest of the proverb, but “stupid” was used in all five.  Obviously “stupid” was the word God wanted used in this proverb. Stupid: characterized by or proceeding from mental dullness; foolish; senseless: a stupid question.                                                                                                        We need not be foolish when it comes to correction.  If we are being corrected, then that is exactly what we need, discipline for correction.  Only later do we realize that we have benefited and are grateful even that God has delivered this for us.  Not for Him, but for us!  Next time we want to scoff at discipline think about the fact that it is for our good, from God, and not from the person doing the delivering.  Love you all!!  Bless God!

Trading my Sorrows

2 Corinthians 4:7-9  7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

This scripture hits home every time I run across it.  On one of my “in-between” episodes of acting like a prodigal, I zeroed in on my relationship with God.  I was listening to a lot of praise and worship and I came across the song Trading My Sorrows.  This particular song holds a lot of weight in my life as it brings back many memories.  I’ve always loved these lyrics from the song as they are taken directly from 2 Corinthians 4:8,9.  . . . . . .  Well I’m pressed, but not crushed. Persecuted, not abandoned.  Struck down, but not destroyed.  I am blessed beyond the curse for His promise will endure.  That His joy’s gonna be my strength . . .  Blessed beyond the curse.  Never forget these lyrics as this is what Jesus has done for us and is why I love Him so much!  The following poem accompanied my morning devotion today and fit right in.

Pain knocked upon my door and said
That she had come to stay,
And though I would not welcome her
But bade her go away,
She entered in.
Like my own shade
She followed after me,
And from her stabbing, stinging sword
No moment was I free.
And then one day another knocked
Most gently at my door.
I cried, “No, Pain is living here,
There is not room for more.”
And then I heard His tender voice,
“‘Tis I, be not afraid.”
And from the day He entered in,
The difference it made!

—Martha Snell Nicholson

Love you all!  Bless God!!