DEVOTIONAL – AUG 10
Leslie M. John
“My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction” (Proverbs 3:11)
None of us would like to suffer pain. However, God allows pain in the lives of those who are called according to His purpose. He, being the Father, called us as His “little children”, and His dealing with His children is within His authority; it is the family relationship (cf. 1 John 2:1). He chastens his children, who drift away from His paths, and choose to continue to be in sin. He chastens in order that they may not be lost, but to come back to Him.
Prodigal son wasted his inheritance, and thereafter wished to fill “his belly with the husks that the swine did eat”. He realized that there was abundance in his father’s house and returned to his father seeking forgiveness, and the father forgave him, and received him gladly. (cf.Luke15:16, 21 and 22). God receives His children when they return to Him in repentance.
In the Old Testament period God’s anger burnt on the children of Israel, who worshipped idols, and committed sins; and He chastened them severely. David was no exception to such chastening when he committed sins. He was forgiven of his sins when he repented; nevertheless he reaped the consequences on this earth. He knew that he was going to be chastened, when he committed sins, and therefore, pleaded for mercy that He may lighten His chastisement.
In Psalm Chapter 6 David prays to God not rebuke him in His anger; neither chasten him in His displeasure. He pleads to God to lighten the severity of His chastisement.
David admitted before the LORD that he was weak, and that his bones were vexed, and his soul was vexed as well. His admittance depicts how much he humbled before the LORD. He questions God as to how long the LORD would keep away from him. He prays very earnestly to the LORD to return to him and deliver his soul. He asks God as to how he would remember the LORD, and give thanks to Him, from his grave, if he died because of chastisement.
David groaned in his spirit, with all the weakness in his body and soul, and says he cried whole night, virtually swimming in the bed soaked with his tears. His eyes became weak, because of his grief and he waxed old, because of all his enemies.
Nonetheless, David becomes self-confident very quickly, and consoles himself saying God heard his weeping and, therefore, commands the evil-doers and workers of iniquity to depart from his presence. He confidently says that the LORD heard his prayer and supplications. Then, he commands his enemies to return their base, and be ashamed, and sore vexed.
Indeed, the LORD does chasten His loved ones when they move away from His presence. He forgives the sins of His children, but He allows scars of the sin to remain in them. God will forget and does not remember our sins; but sinner’s own conscience keeps him reminding him of his past sins.
We must seek the Lord’s help, when our past sins look upon us with contempt, because God never remembers our sin. It is Satan, who brings to our memory our past sins in order that we may fall again. The LORD chastens His children in order that they may not commit sins repeatedly.
Apostle Paul comes very heavily on those who repeatedly commit sins even after repenting of their sins with a decision to follow the Lord.
“Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” (Romans 5:20)
“What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? Certainly not!” (Romans 6:15).