Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Psalm 119:71

God's Chastening Hand
Ronnie W. Wolfe

In verse 67 the psalmist said that, before he was afflicted, he went astray; but after he was afflicted (I think by the Holy Spirit in rebuke and chastening), he kept God's word.

Now he again mentions being afflicted, and here he intimates that he was afflicted for the very purpose that he might learn the statutes of the Lord.

It is a reasonable thing and a good thing that we be afflicted by God in chastisement, for Hebrews 12:6 says, For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

If God loves you, he will chasten you. If God does not chasten you, then you are not his son. Hebrews goes on to say in the following verses:

Hebrews 12:7-8  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8  But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
Are you not thankful that your parents corrected you when you were a child? Are you not thankful that your teachers constrained you from doing wrong things when you were in school? Are you not thankful that policemen and other authorities are placed in society by the sanction of God's word to keep law and order?  Then be thankful that God has set in order his own rules for chastening his children.

Then we see the admonition in verse 9, as it says . . .

Hebrews 12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
God corrects us for our own good and for his glory. Therefore, we should not be angry with the Lord when he chastens us. We should be thankful and joyous, for his correction brings eventual joy in our hearts, that God loves us with an everlasting love and works in and through us, for we read in Philippians 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Weep for the moment, then receive the joy that comes from God's chastening his children. You will not soon forget it.

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