Have you ever wondered why other people you know have things so easy, yet you seem to struggle just to keep your head above water?
It’s only human to feel that way. It has been a common thing in my life as well. I see seemingly care-free people, who always seem to have plenty of spending-money, who drive shiny new cars, take lavish vacations, and they seem to be immune to the kinds of struggles that bog down so many.
You might think these people are blessed, and you might wonder if you are cursed. Please pay close attention to this message. It could change your life!
Hebrews 12:6 says:
“For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.”
Proverbs 3:12 says:
“For whom the LORD loves he corrects; even as a father the son in whom he delights.”
Furthermore, you should be concerned if your life doesn’t have its share of struggles and trials. Life on this earth, in this world, is not supposed to be smooth sailing for the children of God.
If you are not experiencing any of the chastening of the Lord, you need to re-evaluate your walk with God. This is not to say that if all your bills are paid and you live in a nice home that you are not a true child of God. But you must feel the chastening, the vexing in your soul when something is not right between you and your Heavenly Father.
Whom God loveth, he chasteneth. If you are living with some sin you have not confessed and repented of, and your life seems unaffected by it, you should be very alarmed!
For God does indeed convict His children when they stray outside of His will, and His commandments.
The rod of correction should be like a comfort to you. It tells you that your Father loves you enough to not withhold his punishment when you ignore His Word.
If you are not feeling His rod of correction, are you truly a legitimate child of His?
Deuteronomy 8:5 says:
“Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.”
So what if you do not feel the rod of correction? Is it really that big of a deal? According to the writings of the Apostle Paul, it is a HUGE deal.
Hebrews 12:8 says:
“But if you be without chastisement, of which all are partakers, then are you illegitimate children, and not sons.”
Other translations go as far as using the term “bastard” to describe a person who does not receive correction from God.
If you feel heavily burdened, due to consequences of things you have done wrong, or you just aren’t sure why “these things” keep happening to you, study God’s word, and pray God reveals to you what you need to correct in your walk with Him.
And take courage in knowing that God loves you, and all His children enough to not spare the rod of correction. It means you are HIS child, and you have been made His LEGITIMATE child by the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus Christ, the LAMB of God!
God be with you all.