Wednesday, May 18, 2011

On Fools and Discipline

A fool spurns his father’s discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.

Proverbs 15:5

As I watch my son behaving like a fool, it absolutely breaks my heart.
And it makes me wonder how God feels - if it breaks His heart - when I spurn His discipline.
God knows what is right.
He knows the correction and guidance I need.
He knows the way I should go.
And He disciplines me to move me that way.

Yet sometimes I spurn my Father's discipline.
Sometimes I act like I know better than Him, and I get annoyed by the things through which He makes me go.
Yes, sometimes I pound my fists and turn my back - willing Him to leave me alone.

But when my husband and I are in our son's room and he does those same things to us; when my heart breaks because I want so desperately for my son to understand the discipline we're giving is for his good - because we love him; when these things happen, I begin to think I'm getting a picture of my Father's heart.

He loves me.
Everything God takes me through is for my good. Even if I don't like it at the time.
I can trust Him.
I believe it!

Do you believe the same is true for you???



gianna said...

I don't even know what to say except that you hit it on the head.

TheUnSoccerMom said...

I do believe the same is true for me.

I'm such a rebel... never liking to be "told" what to do. But now, I really do crave it from God, and sometimes, when I get His answer, I still resist. So it goes...

But I do trust Him, with everything. I can't rely on myself to make anything good! ;o)

Irritable Mother said...

Gianna - Thank you. It was one of those moments when I felt like God was shifting my gaze from Joshua to the mirror...

Jodi - I'm with you. I really do crave HIS direction and wisdom and "telling me what to do". I know I need Him to do that for me.
But sometimes I resist.
Oh, how foolish I can be. :(

Sara K. said...

Thank you for your transparency! Heart-breaking, indeed, to watch our children spurn our discipline. We often pray that our sons will grow to be wise!

It often amazes me how many parallels I can draw from my own parenting experience to GOD parenting ME! Oh, to *know* our Father's love and *trust* that His ways are for our good!

Irritable Mother said...

Sara - I sooooo want for my son(s) to grow to be wise. And I get frustrated when he spurns my discipline.
I think (I know!) my trust in God needs to extend to raising my children, too. Not just to the things through which I personally go.