If you have children, what do you do when they aren’t on their best behavior? You discipline them. Not to be mean or vindictive, but because you love them and you want to make sure they learn how to behave appropriately.
Well, it should come as no surprise then, that God does the same with us.
Imagine if God never disciplined anyone. Most everyone would run around doing whatever they wanted, getting into all sorts of trouble! Yes, most of us strive to be the best Christians we can be, but in the absence of discipline, it’s all too easy to get caught up in things we know we shouldn’t.
Trials don’t have to be a bad thing. Sometimes they are simply a matter of God using our circumstances to get us back on track where we need to be. And personally, if I’m royally messing up in a certain area, I’d rather have a period of trial and get back on track rather than simply be allowed to wander off in any direction I please without any course correction at all.
“My child, do not reject the Lord’s discipline, and don’t get angry when he corrects you. The Lord corrects those he loves, just as parents correct the child they delight in. Happy is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gets understanding” (Proverbs 3:11-13).
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not actively wishing for more trouble in this life. Yes, of course I would love for everything to go smoothly all of the time. And yet, that’s not necessarily in my best interest–or yours.
So yes, it’s okay to want a nice, happy life–but that shouldn’t be our ultimate aim. At the end of the day, we should all be striving to reach the point where we can honestly say, “Lord, mold me. Use me. YOUR will be done. Whatever it takes. I’m yours.”
Because that, my friends, is a powerful place to be.
Are you currently dealing with any significant trials right now or have you in the past? What gets you through them?
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This article originally appeared at Equipping Godly Women. Used with permission.