June 19, Your Father’s Discipline

Today’s reading: Psalms 91-95

“Blessed is the one you discipline, Lord, the one you teach from your law; you grant them relief from days of trouble, till a pit is dug for the wicked” - Psalm 94:12-13.

God is always teaching and disciplining His people, and here the psalmist indicated why He is doing that. He does it to prevent us from getting into trouble down the road. He also does it so that the righteous will be protected and preserved, set apart is the exact phrase, until such time as God is ready to judge the wicked. This also protects the righteous so they will not be judged along with wicked. Paul reiterated this principle when he wrote, “Nevertheless, when we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world” (1 Corinthians 11:32). Are you experiencing discipline from your Heavenly Father’s hand? What does this discipline look like? Are you chafing under or resistant to this discipline? Can you accept it in faith that it is in your long-term best interests for your Father to do this? Can you not just endure it, but see that you are blessed because of it, and even thank God for it? Lord, the Bible is right: no discipline is pleasant, but it’s necessary. I accept Your work in my life is important, and thank You for it.