A Daily Word from the Word for Monday, April 21, 2014
“For whom the Lord loves He corrects, just as a father, the son and daughter in whom he delights.” – Proverbs 3:12
I have never seen such rebellion running so rampantly as in this day and age; and tragically, with the younger generations. We have rebellious parents raising rebellious children. We have leaders, who refuse to submit to any authority or receive any correction, expecting those who follow them to somehow submit to their authority and accept their correction. Talk about some confused folks!
And we wonder why this nation is in such trouble. The devil is having a field day because folks refuse to receive healthy, wholesome, and Godly correction. And the worse part, dare I say it: God’s own children are the biggest offenders! “Church-folk Gone Wild” makes for a good reality show—sad but true.
Correction gets such a bad rap. Webster’s dictionary defines correction as “a change that makes something right, true, accurate, etc.” This doesn’t sound so bad. In truth, I welcome it! We all should desire correction so that we can conduct ourselves more rightly, while walking in what is true and accurate according to our Holy and Perfect Father.
When we refuse to receive God’s correction, then we put ourselves outside of His protection. When we defiantly refuse to yield to the Father’s convincing, then we cannot walk in His best, because we will make an even bigger mess than we currently have gotten ourselves into.
God is trying to take us out of our mess, yet some folks want stay in it! Some of my brothers and sisters want to wallow in the pigsty; or like the dog mentioned in Proverbs 26:11, who returns to his vomit: the very thing that made it sick in the first place.
I welcome God’s correction, and so should you, family! His Word declares that whom the Father loves, He corrects. God’s desire is to keep us from making mistakes, which will keep us from receiving His best. Our Loving Father, Who knows our beginning and our end, and sees the path ahead of us, longs to keep us out of harm’s way. When we refuse to submit and accept God’s correction, we are giving the devil a day off! I don’t know about you, but I do not want to pay into the devil’s vacation fund.
The Hebrew word for “correct,” as used in our study verse, is yakach (pr. yaw-kahh), and means “convict, chasten, convince, plead, reason together” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Webster defines “convict” as “to convince of error or sinfulness”; and further defines “convince” as “to cause someone to believe something is true, to cause someone to agree to do something.”
Our Father wants to plead with us, to reason with us, during those times when we are acting unreasonable, or thinking unreasonably; and intervene before we get off track, do something foolish, or get in over our heads.
“Chasten” is a powerful word which is sadly very often misunderstood. To “chasten” means “to prune of excess, pretense, or falsity; to cause to be more humbled or restrained” (Webster). When you prune something, you are removing or cutting off the excess growth, so you can alter the growth, enhance the beauty, and improve the structure of a tree. Isn’t that what God wants to do for us? He desires to alter our growth so we grow more and more into the Image of His Son.
Our Master Gardener yearns to make us more beautiful, and to establish our footing on the sure and secure foundation of the Chief Cornerstone, Who is Jesus the Christ. Don’t you want your Daddy to do this in you and for you, my brother and sister? I sure do! So let’s get corrected!
Father, we welcome Your correction, because we know You do it because You love us. You promised us that You have good plans for us, plans to prosper us and not to harm us; plans to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). And we know that You need to prune us along the way, so that we can walk in Your plan for us, which is Your best. We repent for not trusting You to correct us. Forgive us for even thinking that You want to harm us when you correct us. We are sorry, Father. Forgive us. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we are beautiful because we are made in Your Image. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to welcome the correction of the Lord. Choose to humble yourself under the Mighty Hand of the Father, and accept His loving correction (1 Peter 5:6). Fight against the spirit of pride, which will lead to your downfall (Proverbs 16:8). And continue to fight the good fight of being your Daddy’s delight; for God, Whose Hand is not slack concerning you (2 Peter 3:9), has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.