June 4, 2021

O LORD, do not rebuke me in Your wrath, nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure! For Your arrows pierce me deeply, And Your hand presses me down.

There is no soundness in my flesh because of Your anger, nor any health in my bones because of my sin. For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me. My wounds are foul and festering because of my foolishness. (Psalm 38:1-5)

Have you ever wondered why there is suffering in this world? There are many reasons for the suffering we are seeing in the world today, some of us may be experiencing now. If you are wondering why, the answer is, we live in a sinful world, and often we are affected by that sin. Because death comes to us all, we suffer in ways of trials, disease, and death. We also suffer for the sins of others. As a parent, we are heartbroken over the sins of our children, and we are affected by crime, theft, and greed. There are times though, that our suffering comes from our sin. For the believer, this kind of ailment is called the chastening or disciplining hand of God.

As we read (Psalm 38:1-10), we notice the author (David) was experiencing pain (vv.7-8) and personal guilt (v. 4) that was overwhelming for him. We also notice David never blames God but confesses his sin (v. 3) and feels the weight of his guilt. He cries out for forgiveness and reconciliation with God. God’s discipline is often painful. With that, we tend to feel that God is nowhere to be found, and His discipline is more than we can handle.

If you are amid God’s discipline right now, know that when God chastens, it proves two things: (1) You are His child, and a parent disciplines His children. The person who commits sin and experiences no discipline should be concerned with their spiritual state. (2) He loves you; (Hebrews 12:5-6) says, “And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the LORD loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” Just as wise parents discipline their child because they want their child to avoid a destructive lifestyle, so does our Heavenly Father discipline you.

Friends, in times like these, we need to cry out to God for forgiveness. It is then our relationship will be restored and our lives set on the right path. Would you Pray with me?

Lord, against You, I have sinned alone. I know that every time I choose sin over You, I revert to the ways of my old self before I knew You. Help me to return to the paths of righteousness, to turn away from my wrongdoing, and to become more like You every day. Amen.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><


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