Why Do You Hate Me!? part 2
July 29, 2019, 10:01 AM

There are three types of discipline commonly experienced by the believer. They may have different names and descriptions but I will call them correcting, protecting, and revealing. When difficult times come upon us we should evaluate the circumstances as one of these three types of discipline. James 1:2-4 tells us to consider it pure joy when we face trials of every kind and in order to do that we must better understand why the trials are present in our life. James goes on to say in verse 5 that if anyone lacks wisdom they should ask God who gives generously. So, if you are having a hard time considering it joy when you face trials, ask God to show why you are having to endure them, but as v.6-7 say, you must believe and respond when the Lord answers.

For the first type of discipline, I use the term correcting because that is exactly what it is, corrective. It’s not something a person chooses to receive, but it comes as a result of choices. God will not bless sin and especially for the believer, sinful behavior will not go without punishment. I spent 15 years in the medical field and witnessed many amazing things. Some of the patients I encountered over that time presented with medical issues that required a corrective intervention in order to save their life. Sometimes this was due to their own actions or the actions of others. Regardless of the nature of the need, it still required a corrective intervention.

For example, if you get a spider bite on your hand, the venom from the spider can cause the tissue in your hand at the site and around the bite to become necrotic. This means the tissue begins to die as a result of the poison from the spider. If you allow this process to continue without seeking medical help, the infection can grow and cause the surrounding tissue to become involved as well. If still no intervention is sought after, the bone can become involved and ultimately cause the limb to be amputated. All of which could have been avoided by seeking medical treatment at the first signs of infection. Often times, people don’t go to the doctor for treatment because they're afraid it will hurt or may be too expensive.

It's often the same way with sin. It usually starts out as something “small” and grows into a huge mess. Sin brings about a consequence because like earthly fathers discipline their children, so God also disciplines His children. The treatment for sin begins with confession and repentance but that does not alleviate the discipline that comes along with the sin. Hebrews 12:11 reminds us that no discipline seems pleasant at the time, but is painful. Like medical treatment for a spider bite, treatment for sin is put off because it can bring pain and sometimes comes at a high price.

David provides a great example of the consequences of sin. What started out as something “small” quickly escalated into something deadly. David was at home hanging out, walking around on the roof, enjoying himself. In the middle of taking in the beauty of God’s creation, he found a different kind of beauty. You know how the story goes, David sent for Bathsheba, and knowing full well she was married, he slept with her and she conceived. Rather than repent he compounded his sin by trying to make it seem as if he was doing something noble. He further complicated the issue by committing murder in an attempt to make everything go away. All of this led to Nathan rebuking David for his sin and his son born to Bathsheba dying as a consequence for his actions.

You may think this all began with Bathsheba taking a bath but that is simply not the case. 2 Samuel 11:1 tells us that at a time when Kings go off to war, David sent Joab in his place and stayed at home. If he would have been where he was supposed to be, David would have never seen Bathsheba taking a bath that day and an innocent man, and child would not have died. Psalm 51 is a beautiful prayer between David and God. It describes how David felt as a result of his sin and the subsequent separation from God it caused. As a result of God’s corrective discipline of David, he was restored to a right relationship with Him. As with David it can be painful and come at a high price, but in the end, a restored relationship with God is the most pleasant outcome. The foundational principle of all discipline is that it should always be done in a manner that promotes reconciliation and produces righteousness and peace.