“…My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives…” Hebrews 12:5-6, NKJV.
As a young girl, I hated wearing coats during the winter. So every morning on the way to school, my mother would ask me, “Where’s your coat? You need a coat!” My response was always, “I forgot.” I didn’t forget, I simply didn’t want to wear it. So one morning, after a week or two of “forgetting” my coat, she took all of my siblings to school and took me back home. I thought we were about to skip school and do something fun, but little did I know, I was about to get it! I never forgot my coat again.
When I became an adult, I went through a breakup of a friendship that was difficult for me to get over. God told me to leave it in His hands and even spoke to me at a women’s conference through the main speaker with these exact words, “There’s someone who insists on ending a relationship. Respect her decision and leave it alone or it will cause you damage in the long run.” I didn’t listen and it caused me great damage that God has had to heal and restore me from. I’ll never do that again.
God corrects us because He loves us. He corrects us because we’re His daughters, and He doesn’t want to see us hurt or going through anything unnecessarily. Instead of ignoring Him, heed His warnings. Humble yourself and do what He says. He has your best interest in mind and only desires to see you do well in life.
Let God’s correction reaffirm that you are His daughter. Let it make you into a more mature and wise believer.
If you are experiencing correction from God, say this from your heart, “Yes Lord. I humble myself right now. I receive Your love and Your correction. Help me learn to trust in Your wisdom and Your way. Help me to see when You’re trying to stop me from making a terrible mistake. Draw me close to Your side in Jesus’ name, Amen.”
(Read Proverbs 3:11, 12; Hebrews 12:10-12; 2 Corinthians 4:17)