Admit it, we all have an inner control-freak. We all desire control of our lives. We want Jesus to take the wheel only when we are heading towards trouble. But on the easy days, we want Him to back up so we can go at our own pace.
Sometimes we prefer a God we can define, and feel pressed down when He starts being God. We want Him to work on our terms and in our time-frame. But God doesn’t work like that.
We don’t like living with the consequences of our wrong actions. But sin produces consequences and consequences equals discipline. Hebrews 12:11 (msg) says “The trouble you’re in isn’t punishment; it’s training.”
God isn’t trying to push us away with discipline; He’s trying to pull us in. He wants us to come to Him. (Matthew 11:28)
One afternoon, our six year old son, decided it would be a fun idea to throw one of those over-sized exercise balls in the house. To him, it was quick entertainment. He knew he shouldn’t throw the ball in the house. We had talked to him about what could possibly happen.
Well, he didn’t mean to throw it in the direction of the lamp. He told me after the ball had knocked the lamp over onto the floor, that “he forgot” that he wasn’t supposed to throw the ball in the house.
A moment of his forgetfulness, or him wanting to do his own thing rather than following the house rules landed him in the time-out-corner.
These moments as a Mom, when a child does the exact opposite of the rules, are part of raising children. We don’t make rules because we don’t want our children to have fun.
We make rules because we are old enough to know that it could produce some unwanted consequences. My son knew he had done something wrong, but it took breaking the lamp for him to realize the reason why we have that rule.
What if God watches us adults, and sits back and says “goodness, there’s my child making the same mistake she did last week…is she ever going to learn?” He still loves us through our mistakes, but we still have to live through the consequences.
God disciplines us because we are His sons and daughters. “My dear child, don’t shrug off God’s disciple….It’s the child he loves that He disciples.” (Hebrews 12:5-6)
We get tangled up in our own desires, and our own sin. We often trip over our own feet. We stumble over the same things, over and over. We can’t move forward because we are tangled in our sin and consequences.
We need God to come help us “throw off all that hinders” so we can move forward in His will. (Hebrews 12.1)
Following the path,
© Kelly Sundsvold and kellysundsvold.com, 2016