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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"God Disciplines"

December 6, 2004

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“I will punish their sin with the rod, their iniquity with flogging; but I will not take My love from him, nor will I ever betray My faithfulness.” Psalm 89:32-33

How many times do parents have to say no? If your children are anything like mine, once isn’t always enough. Unfortunately, sometimes it takes several corrections and maybe even some sort of punishment before they understand. God’s people were the same way. Throughout the Old Testament we see God’s people in bondage whether by the Assyrians, the Babylonians, or walking through the desert for 40 years. Why did God’s chosen people suffer? Why do seemingly bad things happen to seemingly good people? Before the bondage or wilderness journey the Israelites were misbehaving. Even after all God had done for them, they forgot quickly and fell back into their old ways, dismissing God’s commands.

Nothing has changed since the fall in the Garden of Eden. People keep going their own way even after God draws them close. We still wander and God still disciplines. We don’t walk in the desert for 40 years, we are not in physical bondage, but God at times allows us to go our own way and when we do, without Him in our lives, we suffer. Sin overwhelms. Our wandering created the necessity for a Saviour. God, in love, knew the need and filled it. The ultimate discipline we deserve was taken on by the promised Saviour … for you and for me.

Prayer: Lord God, help us realize that when You discipline us, it is to bring us back to You and Your Will. Amen.

My Bold Action for Today: Speak a word of encouragement to someone who is struggling with anger towards God for all the seemingly bad things happening in their life.

Rev. John Trembulak III

Today's Bible Readings: Ezra 3-4    1 John 5

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