God’s Discipline and Our Obedience

Remember that for 40 years the LORD your God led you on your journey in the desert. He did this in order to humble you and test you. He wanted to know whether or not you would wholeheartedly obey his commands. … Learn this lesson by heart: The LORD your God was disciplining you as parents discipline their children. 6 Obey the commands of the LORD your God. Follow his directions, and fear him.
Deuteronomy 8:2, 5-6 GW

It’s easy to think this was for the Israelites. With our freedom in Christ, do we really need to obey commands?

“The Lord disciplines everyone he loves. He severely disciplines everyone he accepts as his child.” 7 Endure your discipline. God corrects you as a father corrects his children. All children are disciplined by their fathers. 8 If you aren’t disciplined like the other children, you aren’t part of the family. 9 On earth we have fathers who disciplined us, and we respect them. Shouldn’t we place ourselves under the authority of God, the father of spirits, so that we will live?
Hebrews 12:6-9 GW

You are being protected by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 You rejoice in this, though now for a short time you have had to struggle in various trials 7 so that the genuineness of your faith–more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire–may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:5-7 HCSB

“Whoever knows and obeys my commandments is the person who loves me. Those who love me will have my Father’s love, and I, too, will love them and show myself to them.” John 14:21 GW (John 14:23, 15:14)

How great it is that we have a good God (Nahum 1:7) who is our King that gives us commands that are always for our good, and by wanting to obey them (which is something he instilled in us in the first place), he will show himself to us, live in us, eat with us (Rev 3:20), and love us.

2 Responses to “God’s Discipline and Our Obedience”

  1. 1 Thomas Provost

    Good meditation Jeff. I am so glad to know that God won’t just leave us as we are or in our sin. He disciplines us for our good, “in order that we may share in his holiness.” “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:10b & 11 NIV).

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    Thanks for commenting. It’s good to know that even if our lives are very uncomfortable (at times), and we don’t like it, God is working and we aren’t suffering for nothing.

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