The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of August 22, 2016
Job 5:18-19, “Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves; therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty. 18For he wounds, but he binds up; he shatters, but his hands heal.”
Beloved, have you ever experienced happiness after being reproved? For many of us the answer is a loud, “No. Are you crazy?” I ask this question understanding that for many of us happiness is not our first response. Our first response to discipline is usually denial, or blame-shifting, or outright rebellion such as, “Who are you to correct me?” But happy?
Yet, this is what Job 5:18-19 says, “Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves.” The word “blessed” literally means, “O how happy!” So, why should be happy when God is reproving us? We should be happy knowing a couple of things. One: that we are children of God, two: that God loves us and three: that God desires us to mature.
We understand these truths from Hebrews 12:5-6, “And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. 6For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”
Beloved, because we know these three truths we can then be content knowing that God is working in our lives when He reproves us. We also learn that God does not leave us hurting. He heals us as Job 5:19 says, “For he wounds, but he binds up; he shatters, but his hands heal.”
Beloved, God is always working in our lives. He works through circumstance, through people and through pain and suffering. Beloved, I pray that you would humbly acknowledge His sovereignty in your life and recognize His hand is at work. His desire is to do what Jude 1:24 says, “Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy.”
I pray that you will have a blessed day! I love you and I will be praying for you!