As I look at my son, reticent to come to me after having been disciplined for kicking his sister, and who at the same time was feeling he was right in his actions (yet knowing he was wrong), I realized that I am the same in many ways when the Lord disciplines me. I am angry that I need to be brought into submission to His will. And after the fact, I am angry that He has the power and right to do it.
And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor be weary when reproved by him.
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives.”
It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?
(Hebrews 12:5-7 ESV)
In this quote from Hebrews, the clause “…nor be weary when reproved by him” sticks out as what I need to hear constantly.
My son gets weary of discipline. Indeed he hates it. But it is what is good for him. It will bring him joy if he endures. Discipline teaches him that he is not his own ultimate authority. It will teach him that someone cares enough for him that they are willing to go through the process of discipline so that they can bring him to reconciliation through holiness. And it is in the reconciliation that joy may be found.
I hope that I can learn this lesson as I teach it.