"For whom the Lord loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights." – Proverbs 3:12
When I think back to my childhood, I remember the fear of being spanked. I also remember the day when I was too old to be disciplined in that way, when my punishments turned into groundings, having no car, or simply feeling guilt from seeing my parent's disappointment. When I moved away from home, there was no one to discipline me anymore. For years, without God, I thought I was free. But now I know that I need His discipline. I was lost without it and I will never be too old for a “spiritual spanking” from God.
Now it is my turn to discipline my child. I have learned that no matter how heartbreaking the look on my daughter's face is when she is told “No!”, she still really needs me to say no. The discipline of a parent reveals the love that they have for their child, and this is a similitude of God's discipline and love towards us.
Over time, the Lord's correction has become increasingly meaningful. When I first started walking with the Lord, his discipline was so difficult and I just didn't understand it or completely submit to it. It will always be difficult to accept the things I do not want to change, But more and more I realize that I can't get through life, to where He wants me to be, without his correction.
"He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday." -Psalms 37:6
For a while I thought that delighting myself if the Lord meant that He would give me what I want If I did what He wanted. The Lord made me see that instead, I need to pray for my selfish desires to be replaced by the desires of His heart.
Waiting on the Lord and trusting Him without question is something I have learned through His discipline. He has strengthened my faith through his correction. He knows that He needs to sometimes push me to always seek him through His word and through prayer, every single day.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." -Proverbs 3:6
His word is so abundant! I need it to constantly become who He wants me to be in this life. When I find myself straying from that, which happens often, I need his discipline to bring me back to His holiness, to being a true child of God. So, don't despise God's discipline and correction in your life, but recognize that it is for your good and because He loves you!