God Corrects His Children
“For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth." (Proverbs 3:12)
None of us likes to be disciplined. It's not fun at all! But if you have loving parents, you know that they do not really enjoy disciplining you, either.
A little girl named Addy was once caught stealing money out of her mom’s purse. When her dad took her aside to correct her, Addy saw that her dad was crying – even while he was punishing her. At first, Addy was just sad that she had been caught. But when she saw her dad crying, she was even sadder that she had disappointed him so much by stealing.
Our Heavenly Father is disappointed, too, when His children sin. He punishes His "sons" and "daughters" because He knows that sometimes a punishment is necessary for us to learn to obey Him. He loves us and punishes us for our good, not because He enjoys disciplining us.
When was the last time you disappointed your Heavenly Father by stealing – or coveting, or dishonoring your parents, or breaking the rules at your school, or saying unkind things about another one of His children? Can you blame Him for being disappointed in you? Can you see why He has to correct you? You can trust that, if God is punishing you for disobedience, it is because you are deserving and because He is loving. He loves you too much to leave you in your sin.
God disciplines us because He loves us.
» Do I remember that I am disappointing my Heavenly Father when I sin?
» Do I understand that God disciplines His children because He loves them?
Truth In Real Life
“Lord, I long to be with Thee!”
William Williams, a famous Welsh evangelist with two “matching” names, was born on February 11, 1717.
The Welsh – people who live in the country of Wales – have long been known for being musical people. Crowds at sporting events have been known for breaking out into singing. It should be no surprise, then, that Williams has been called the “Isaac Watts of Wales.” Isaac Watts was a famous English hymn writer and William Williams has become the most famous Welsh hymn writer in history. Very few hymns were written in Wales before he began writing.
Williams was also a kind of “circuit-riding preacher” in Wales, only he sang the Gospel and taught others how to sing about it. Over a period of 43 years, he traveled nearly 100,000 miles on horseback. He traveled from church to church, and from home to home, sharing the Gospel with people who needed to hear it (which was all the people!). He wrote over 800 hymns during his lifetime. The most famous song that William Williams wrote is called “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah.” It has been translated into 75 languages! The second verse reads like this:
Open now the crystal fountain,
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fire and cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through.
Strong Deliverer, strong Deliverer,
Be Thou still my Strength and Shield;
Be Thou still my Strength and Shield.
William Williams believed that singing was as important as any other part of worship. He believed that music shows what is in the heart.
Do you have a song in your heart? Do you enjoy singing about how Jesus Christ has changed your life? Sing for Him!
Psalm 40:3 – He has put a new song in my mouth – praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the LORD.