Living Through Discipline


Come, and let us return to the Lord; for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight. Hosea 6:1-2

Remember what it was like to go after something that wasn’t really good for us? It was hard to convince ourselves that it wasn’t good because it sure felt great. Indulgence made us feel complete and gave us feelings of contentment that were deceiving. Perhaps our wanderings took us to a person that appeared to meet all of our internal needs. Pretty soon though, God tore it out of our hands. For any who have live through God’s discipline, the ‘feel of the tearing’ is quite vivid. It can seem cruel, but it is only temporarily.

Before God can form leaders, He must remove all the props that have given His servant a sense of false security. We must be disciples who hear His voice and obey. Other entanglements and allegiances will blur our need for Him and ultimately, our calling will be corrupted. We will not have the connection with God to fuel the faith necessary for our mission. Our trust will be puny.

Today, perhaps you lay in a heap. You are under God’s correction. What you trusted in has been taken away from you. The person you needed has been torn from your grasp. You might wonder how you will go on. Is God really there when your house lay in ruin? Oh yes.

Hosea’s God-breathed words about God’s character ring through the centuries and seek to find rest in the midst of our torment. God tears, but He heals. God strikes, but He also binds our wounds. Don’t ignore healing from the One who brought the chastisement for He is there waiting to wrap you in His embrace. His relief that you turned to Him will be audible, His voice will be tender, though instructive over the months that follow. What He wants you to know now is this ~ He offers a new beginning.

Hosea’s words are also prophetic. Can you hear the familiar ring of His narrative?  “After two days, He will revive us, on the third day He will raise us up.” This was a foretelling of Jesus who would rest in the grave for two days, bursting forth to new life on the third. The one to whom You will surrender today is the only One who has the power to resurrect you. He won’t do it spitefully, or because He’s obligated to, but because He loves you and delights in bestowing life beyond the graves of our own making.

No one restores like You. No one. I surrender to the many faces of Your love. Amen

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