Blessed is the man you discipline, O LORD, the man you teach from your law; Psalm 94:12 (NIV)
I can hardly believe the changes you have been making in my life. Like what? Like everything. You have changed the entire course of my life. Not a day has gone by that you have not been molding and shaping my life. I’m not claiming that I recognize all the changes you have been making in my life on a daily basis. I don’t. But, I can look back over time and see that you have been working in and through my life. You have been teaching me. You have been training me. And yes, you have been disciplining me. Not that I like discipline. I don’t. Discipline is uncomfortable. Discipline is unpleasant. Your discipline has certainly gotten me out of my comfort zone. I’d like to hear you say more about that.
If my discipline has been so uncomfortable and unpleasant why have you been so eagerly welcoming it into your life? Who said I was eagerly welcoming your discipline into my life? Are we talking about the same person? Are we talking about me? Yes, I am talking about you. You are eagerly desiring that I train you. You are enthusiastically listening to my teaching. Every day you are meeting with me in my word so that you can hear from me. You are attentively listening to me. You are putting my word into practice. You have repeatedly told me that it is your highest desire to know me. You have said that you want to live in an intimate relationship with me. You eagerly want to know my will and walk in my ways. I have even heard you say that you don’t evaluate my word but that my word evaluates you. You have gone on to say that you want all your thoughts and words and actions to be in complete alignment with my will. Yes, all of what you have said is true. All these desires are in my heart and on my mind. I consider every one of them to be a gift from you. This is the work that you have been doing in my heart and mind and life. Yes, it is. I want to love and follow and serve you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Yes, you do. I can see that. You are receiving my discipline and following my teaching. Keep on meeting with me. Keep on listening to me. Keep on putting my word into practice. Yes Lord, I will. That is very good. Then my discipline and teaching will continue to bless your life.
Lord, I have been reluctant, resistant and rebellious. I have even tried to reject your discipline and teaching. I thought I knew it all. I thought I needed nothing from you or anyone else. How foolish! Now, I will welcome your discipline and teaching into my life. Amen
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