His hands also heal…

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Job 5:17-18 NASB

Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves, So do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For He inflicts pain, and gives relief, He wounds, and His hands also heal.

It doesn’t take long to learn in life that being disciplined is a displeasing experience.  Being the object of reproof, getting corrected, or otherwise held to account for one’s actions is at best unpleasant, and is often embarrassing, if not downright painful. 

On account of this natural aversion to being disciplined, it’s ironic that scripture tells us in many places that when God is the one doing the disciplining, when God is doing the correcting then the reproof takes on the character a thing to be greatly appreciated, if not sought outright. 

For we learn in the verse above that God doesn’t simply correct with pain, He doesn’t simply embarrass us, or humiliate us, He doesn’t merely slap our wrists, He brings healing, He brings what is broken and makes it whole again in another Divine act of making a thing better as a new whole than before the break had occured. 

The challenge for Christians- the challenge I face in my life right now- is that when in the midst of the correction, when in the midst of the breaking process, when in the midst of God’s discipline, we must remember and believe with faith that God will also heal as He promises.  What God hobbles He will make stand again.  What God humiliates He will honor.  What God stings He will soothe.  Indeed, what God destroys for discipline He will rebuild in greater splendor.

Amen.  May I believe Your words, Abba Father.

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