Discipline, Facebook, Gratitude and Being Loved Well

Ruth Hubbard  November 1:
“I’m thankful for the reminder that the statement “God disciplines those He loves” is NOT a cliche. His zeal for my undivided attention is so great that He will destroy anything that comes between us if that’s what it takes for me to fully rely on Him alone.

This is my 11-01-10 Facebook status update. Earlier today Trisha declared that she’s going to focus on gratitude this month and inquired of her Facebook friends whether any of us felt the urge to join her. I toppled to the nudge as it was so obviously a nudge in the right direction. This explains what will become, I hope, a once-a-day month-long set of declarations of genuine gratitude that will appear as my status updates each day in November.

The inspiration for this statement, as some have noticed, came from tonight’s lecture at Bible Study Fellowship — not that our guest teacher said this exactly, but it’s close to what she said.

The thing is, I didn’t like what I was hearing at first because it’s both personally uncomfortable and not really the kind of thing you want to have to tell people who are considering the Gospel as an option.

At the same time, God’s Spirit in me was affirming that it really, really has been God’s extraordinary love for me that has, from time to time,  moved him to bring various things to destruction that were in the way of my depending completely on Him. I began to look back over my life at things (material things, relationships, and less measurable things like recognition or comfort or self-assuredness) which He has brought to an end because I was leaning on them instead of Him. (Most of the time the destruction followed a rather long season of unheeded warnings — our God is slow to anger.)

I truly am grateful for His love that will risk my temporary disappointment, my short-term anger, in order to bring me into deeper and more satisfying relationship with Himself.

Amazing love!

One thought on “Discipline, Facebook, Gratitude and Being Loved Well

  1. antlike says:

    Amen, Ruth! Yes, truly a more satisfying relationship with God results when we are disciplined. I love the end of that portion of Hebrews that says, “Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:11, NKJV). Like you, I desperately want that peaceable fruit of righteousness that comes from training.

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