“Blessed is he man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the almighty.
For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heals.
Job 5:17-18 (NIV)
Blessed has several meanings. Among them is the word ‘fortunate.’ God chastises those He loves. We are not to despise discipline because when God uses it we learn about Him and even about ourselves.
We learn that He watches over us and teaches us to be mindful of our future actions. In addition, we learn that we NEED His strength to get through each part of each day.
There are times that God’s discipline causes us pain but He also soothes the hurt. Having to go through the process of His correcting us might make us feel very low; however, when He deems us ready, He lifts us up. We learn to be humble during the time of the Lord’s chastisement.
Just as a broken bone heals and becomes stronger than it was before, when we respond positively to God’s discipline, we become stronger people. In our 21st Century world, we see people whose mannerisms and words play to the crowd, an attempt to win the masses over to his or her way of thinking. As believers, we have to be aware of the pitfalls of allowing those people to influence us in a worldly way. God will deal with us as a people-group in ways that only he can.