Since my word for 2012 is discipline I thought it was only appropriate that I dig a little deeper into Job 5:17 – But consider the joy of those corrected by God! Do not despise the discipline of the Almighty when you sin. For though He wounds, He also bandages. He strikes but he also heals.
I doubt very highly if we are joyful when God is disciplining us but wait, he says to CONSIDER the joy of those corrected by God….I know I can relate to being corrected by God. Although the correction was painful, the joy that comes is immeasurable.
I went through a season of God’s correction but through that season God bandaged my wounds and His tender hands healed my heart.
Discipline is defined in dictionary.com as to bring to a state of order and obedience by training and control.
As Eliphaz continues on in Job 5, he gives the following actions of God…..
He keeps you from evil
You will be safe from slander – I no longer fear what others may say about me because God is defining who I am in Christ and with each new day, He gives me a strength to stand on His Word and His promises.
You will have no fear when destruction comes. Perfect love casts out all fear and we are made perfect in Christ. We are not given a spirit of fear but a spirit of power, of love and of self discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
You will laugh. Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again rejoice. Phil. 4:4. Do we feel like rejoicing, not always but even in the darkest pit we can hold onto the promises and truths of His Word and know that joy is coming. We can rejoice because we are loved and we are forgiven even as He leads us through the painful process of discipline.
You will be at peace. Jesus gives us instruction and encouragement right before He is arrested starting in John 14 – 16. In John 16:33, Jesus states, I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. Amen!
You will know safety. He gives us boundaries and we know He protects us. In Job 1:9. Even satan acknowledges the wall of protection around Job. God promises to work out all things for the good of those who love Him. So, even though the Accuser says we aren’t safe and tries us to buy into that lie, His words says we are safe. We are in God’s hands. In John 14:1, Jesus states, Do not let your heart be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.
You will have many children – your descendants will be plenty. We touched on this last week and I am sure Eliphaz was referring to physical children, I am taking it one step further and applying it to spiritual children. We will plant many seeds of God’s love if we choose to walk in obedience and submit to His discipline. Jesus asks us to plant and God will water to bring up many descendants after us to carry on His love and faithfulness.
You will go to the grave at a ripe old age, like a sheaf of grain harvested at the proper time. God will complete the work He started within us and what a glorious day when He calls us home!
Romans 5:1-5 reads, therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character, and character, hope. And hope doesn’t disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.
We all desire to be woman of godly character but to have character we must go through the suffering to produce perseverance which produces character and through the development of our character God gives is hope as He pours His love into our hearts so we may pour His love to the people that He has placed in our lives.
So today, let’s rejoice and be glad that God loves us enough to discipline us and bring us back to Him. Let’s not despise the discipline of the Almighty but take comfort in the fact His loving hands heal us and bandages us!
Have a blessed day! Hugs and love to all