God Corrects Those He Loves
“Whom the LORD loveth he correcteth, even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.” (Proverbs 3:12)
Sometimes parents have to correct their children. Perhaps someone has had to correct you recently! Correction doesn't feel too great, does it? It is humbling to be told you were in the wrong about something. But correction is helpful, too, because it points out what is wrong and explains how to make it right. If your mom or dad correct you in this way, it is because they love you. They want what is best for you, so they help you avoid behavior that will bring bad consequences.
God also loves you and wants what is best for you. When you obey God, it brings glory to Him and good to you. When you disobey God, it dishonors Him and brings bad consequences to you. God wants your life to bring glory to Him, so He corrects you when you do bad things.
One way God corrects us is through His Word. The Bible points out the things that are wrong, and it explains how we can change to make things right. As you read the Bible, watch for verses that correct you. These corrective verses are special expressions of God’s love for you! It might be humbling to have to admit that you have been wrong about something, but remember – correction is loving! And how can it be loving for God or anyone else to tell you that you have messed up? because it keeps you from making bad mistakes with bad consequences. Responding rightly to correction will change your life for God's glory and your own good.
God’s correction of His children is proof of His love for them.
» When I read the Bible, do I look for God’s correction?
» When God or my parents correct me, do I receive it as an expression of love?
Truth In Real Life
B Myron Cedarholm
“God always blesses obedience.”
Blaine Myron Cedarholm was born on June 20, 1915. Myron Cedarholm, as he was called, was saved at the age of five. He was baptized at age ten by his father, who was also his pastor. By the end of his life, Cedarholm had come to be known as “the man with the pipeline to heaven.”
Cedarholm was raised in a wonderful home and knew at a young age that he was called to the ministry. He studied hard, prayed often, and preached weekly in churches everywhere.
In 1960, after he and his wife had served in ministry as a couple for thirteen years, they were given the opportunity of visiting missionaries around the world. The Cedarholms were able to visit at least 325 missionaries in 52 countries.
In May of 1968, Cedarholm received a phone call from a kind lady urging him to visit Watertown, Wisconsin. Because of her great respect for the Cedarholms, she felt he might be the right man to start a Bible college.
With less than 90 days until classes would be scheduled to begin, the project of starting a new college seemed impossible. God, however, is known for doing the impossible. In September of 1968, Maranatha Baptist Bible College opened its doors for its very first school year. 172 students from around the country attended this miracle school.
Mrs. Cedarholm wrote the school hymn, and its third verse reads as follows:
Maranatha: He cometh! Behold, in the sky
A shout! A voice the trump of God! Our Lord is drawing nigh!
Believe Him, receive Him, look up and thou shalt be
To the Praise of His glory with Him eternally!
The Cedarholms trusted God to do the impossible if it was His will for them to start a school. Do you believe that God can do the impossible in your life? Are you trusting in God to lead you and give you what you need to be what He wants you to be, whether that’s a teacher or a missionary worker or a college president…or whatever He may want you to be?
Ephesians 1:12 – That we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.