“I Don’t Like it!”

“I don’t like it, Mommy.”  This has become a familiar phrase from our toddler.  He says this whenever we discipline him.  He is very emphatic when he says “I don’t like it.”

Are we like this with God?  When we don’t get what we want or when He disciplines us, do we say to Him or to ourselves or others, “I don’t like it”?  Being a parent has helped me to better understand God as our Father and how He relates to us.  As a Parent, He has to do what is best for us and while we might not like it, it is for our own.  Proverbs 3:12 states:  For whom the LORD loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.

Many of us don’t like to be corrected but in retrospect, some of us are thankful that our parents raised us the way they did.  Nowadays children and young people are not disciplined as they should be and there is little or no respect for their parents.  Some parents would rather be friends with their children than be parents.  However, they are doing more harm than good.  Children need to be disciplined.  Discipline is an expression of love.  A parent disciplines the child out of love.  They would to correct unwanted behaviour in the child.  They want to bring out the best in the child not encourage the worst.

The author of Hebrews says it best:  Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it (Hebrews 12:11).

So, the next time you are chastened by the Lord, don’t be discouraged.  He is doing it out of love.

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