Things Gone Wrong Can Be Discipline
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:32-34
Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 11:32
When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.
It is important to our peace with God to have an understanding of God. Thus, it is important to understand or think right when things go wrong in our lives, and things do go wrong.
Jesus never pulled a “bait and switch” with us, pretending that following Him would eliminate our hardships and troubles. The good news is that the Bible can help us keep a good attitude because we are thinking right thoughts during the seasons of pain in this life.
One of the four major reasons God allows for life’s woes in His children is discipline. Our heavenly Father is in the business of raising up His children into godly people. As parents we know that discipline of our children is a necessary part of truly loving our children. So it is with God our Father.
The Apostle Paul, in today’s Scripture Reading, is using the Corinthian church’s communion practices as an example of how God accomplishes His discipline. Note Paul’s wording: “When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined.”
In other words, when God chooses to allow heartache to come our way, it can be a form of discipline for un-Christ like behavior.
For these Corinthian believers, it was their abuse of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.
For us, it may be an attitude or action that came out of us that grieved the heart of God, our Father. That behavior does not make Him love us less, but it does cause Him to take corrective action in our lives! Receive this loving discipline with gratefulness.
God cares for you!
Father, the hardships of my life seem unfair at times. I am determined to trust Your grand purposes for a better me. In Jesus’s Name, amen.