11 My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor detest His correction;
12 For whom the Lord loves He corrects,
Just as a father the son in whom he delights.
So many times becoming a believer in Jesus that God has puzzled me with His ways. Again, I realize how opposite His kingdom and His ways are from my own. If God loves me, He judges me? As I write this everything in my flesh is fighting against this concept of what and who God is. Our minds are so prone to dividing the nature and character of God, because it does not fit into my brain. Humanity as one dimension of thinking. Try communicating an infinite God who has infinite number of dimension in His mind. If God were to show me that He is not paying attention to me and does not love me, He would leave me alone. He would leave me alone in my content life, with everything that I want and with no one to speak into my life. This very thing happens in the book of Job. God refuses to leave Job alone in his turmoil. God judges and chastens the ones He cares about and the ones He holds dear. Every time I’m in a situation where I feel like the blessing been removed from my life or when I feel the grace of the Lord withdraw, I usually blame it on the devil. I begin to yell, “It’s the Devil! He’s after me! I feel heavy! God, I can not do this anymore”. When God comes and touches an area of my life and disturbs the stagnant water of my comfort, I usually internally implode and have no idea what to do with myself. Think about this for a moment. Think about those times; several months ago, a year ago, when that one situation happened and you were in a spiritual desert, feeling like God was no where to be found and the devil was parading through your life like he owned the place. Can you picture that time? Good! Now, is it the devils fault or was God just adding a little pressure to your life? IF you have ever been to the doctors office, anytime you are about to feel pain, they will never use the word pain. They will use the word pressure and 90% of the time, it just hurts. But the doctor is there for a reason, to help those who are sick and need medical attention. God is the great physician; not only physically, but He cares for the body, soul and spirit. God will judge a person who He loves, because He cares for that person deeply. Verse 12, “For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.” At this point, there are several of you who are reacting to the word “Judgement”. You don’t like it. No one does, because it’s exposing. When a son does something wrong and a father corrects him for his wrong doing, that is judgement. If you had a child who you love who your whole heart, would you not do anything to protect them? That same child, if he knows no correction, he will know no boundaries. What is right and what is wrong. The foundation that the moral compass that is built upon is established by parents. The correction of a Father is for the sake of the child. Out of deep love for my child, I will correct him. Gods judgement are good always. With all of that in mind, if my eyes are focusing on eternity, then God comes to chasten me, its worth it. God is too loving to leave me to myself. He is a love Father with a big heart for His children.