And have you forgotten his encouraging words spoken to you as his children? He said,
“My child, don’t underestimate the value
of the discipline and training of the Lord God,
or get depressed when he has to correct you.
For the Lord’s training of your life
is the evidence of his faithful love.
And when he draws you to himself,
it proves you are his delightful child.” Hebrews 12:5-6 TPT
These verses took me back to the days of my youth when the hand of my daddy was on me more often than I thought necessary. But today I stand before you, not a child, but an adult who knows the value of correction! Those days helped me know I was loved. They made me understand the difference between right and wrong and strongly urged me to make right decisions in my future.
I didn’t always love studying the Word until the Holy Spirit began to lead me into truth. The revelation He brought was so sweet that I couldn’t stop reading, couldn’t stop listening, didn’t want to stop doing it.
Those words, “And when he draws you to himself, it proves you are his delightful child.” That’s what He is saying when He draws you in to soak in His presence or speak softly in your spirit. He delights in you. You’re His special treasure.
I’ll take the training for that. I’ll take the correction, the discipline, knowing that I am loved and that You delight in me. Because I’m loved, I can love others who aren’t like me, who don’t agree with me. I can love because Love is in me. I won’t forget the why! I won’t forget that time spent in Your presence overflows onto those around me.
Until Next Time,