For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the LORD, and He watches all his paths. The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is caught in the toils of his sin. He dies for lack of discipline, and because of his great folly he is lost.
– Proverbs 5:21-23
I have such hope in this seemingly ominous promise of God. For what I learn from this is that all my struggle, all my affliction, all my humiliation… is part of God’s discipline upon me.
I have been disciplined, I am being disciplined, and for how much longer to come (I know not) I will continue to be disciplined. And in this discipline- as difficult as it all is- I know that He has not left me to die for lack of it. He has brought me back; He has treated me as a son- showing me discipline.
For we know that our Heavenly Father disciplines those whom He loves.
Amen. Lord, hear my prayer.