“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.”Proverbs 3:11-12
My beloved child,
I despise little more than to see you hurting. But sometimes, pain serves a purpose, especially when it is allowed by God. Discipline is invaluable, if gets your attention and causes you to alter your course to be more consistent with the one the Lord has perfectly charted for you. Embrace it.
Your father and I corrected you when you were in our home because we absolutely delight in you and want the best for you. Your Heavenly Father cares for you even more and will continue to discipline and shape you into His image until He takes you to His home.
Turn toward the Lord when He brings correction into your life. Lean in. Learn well. Know that He wouldn’t be giving His time and attention to teach you if He didn’t love you immensely. Don’t despise discipline when it comes from the One who delights in you most.
You are truly and deeply cared for, by us and by your Lord.
This post is part of a series which was born the day my son moved out of the house. Please read Wait, one more thing! for the backstory.