Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant,
for I am with you,” says the Lord.
“I will completely destroy the nations to which I have exiled you,
but I will not completely destroy you.
I will discipline you, but with justice;
I cannot let you go unpunished.” (Jeremiah 46.28)
God is a God of justice. You may have heard this, but what does that specifically mean?
It means that He does not do things in a haphazard manner. He sets a standard, and maintains that standard. The thing is, we often break that standard. The degree for which we break, or even continually break, that standard comes with repercussions.
So even when our Father in Heaven disciplines us, He does it justly, in proportion to what is just and right.
We all understand discipline, it is a mandatory teaching tool that grows us into who God is forming us to be. Have you been disciplined by a parent or guardian figure? In the moment it may not have been the greatest thing, but I am sure it taught you how to mature in that area.
Lord, help us to grow from our divine discipline moments, to know You love us enough to correct us and keep us in line with You. Your love as a Father gives us opportunity to get it right, as we grow in grace, and mature as believers. Thank You Father…Amen.