“But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul”(Deut. 4:29).
As parents, we have a responsibility to raise our children by teaching them about life and guiding them in making the appropriate decisions for their lives. If our children step out of alignment with our instruction, we implement some form of correction to help them come back into alignment with the instruction. Sometimes it takes more than once before the child learns the intended lesson, so we as parents must continue to discipline the child to deter him or her from undesired behavior and actions. If this is the case, then why do we find it so difficult to believe and understand that our Heavenly Father has to do the same thing with us sometimes?
We all want to believe in a “good” God who is full of love, kindness and compassion. However, when someone teaches about God being a Holy and Righteous God Who exacts justice on those who refuse to live in obedience to His Word, we become offended immediately. As a loving Father, God gently guides us through our spiritual infancy and into our spiritual maturation with instruction from His Word. As do we, when we fall out of alignment with God’s instruction, He often has to provide correction and discipline until we come back into alignment with His instruction (Heb. 12:5-11).
(…to be continued…)