Seasons — The art of going nowhere is what leads you to somewhere.
Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you. Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him. (Deuteronomy 8:5-6 NIV)
What is The Father’s purpose in disciplining me?
What is the position of The Father’s heart toward me?
What is the position of my heart towards The Father’s discipline?
My child, when the Lord God speaks to you, never take his words lightly, and never be upset when he corrects you. For the Father’s discipline comes only from his passionate love and pleasure for you… (Proverbs 3:11-12 TPT)
How does The Father discipline you?
1. The Voice of Tenderness
But the Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?” Jonah had gone out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. Then the Lord God provided a leafy plant and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the plant. (Jonah 4:4-6 NIV)
Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal. (Job 5:17-18 NIV)
2. The Voice of Terror
Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. (Jonah 1:17 NIV)
Even when it seems like his correction is harsh, it’s still better than any father on earth gives to his child. (Proverbs 3:12 TPT)
C. S. Lewis said, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf
world” “We may force our Lord to punish us, but we will never have to force him to love us. That is his nature.” Thomas Wells, puritan preacher 1600’s
3. The Voice of Time
From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. He said: ‘In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry. (Jonah 2:1-2 NIV)
And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? (Hebrews 12:5-7 ESV)
Those who wait upon God get fresh strength… (Isaiah 40:27-31 MSG)
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord… (Psalm 27:14 NIV)
4. The Voice of Tenderness
“I knew that you were gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamaty.” (Jonah 4:2 NIV)
Lord Yah, there’s such a blessing that comes when you teach us your word and your ways. Even the sting of your correction can be sweet. It rescues us from our days of trouble until you are ready to punish the wicked. For the Lord will never walk away from his cherished ones, nor would he forsake his chosen ones who belong to him. (Psalm 94:12-14 TPT)
Jesus, reveal to me the error in my life that you desire to correct?