I Love it, But I Hate It

“My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”                                                      ~Hebrews 12:5,6

I’ve been praying this prayer for the past few months, “God help me to develop me as quickly and as solidly as I can.” I didn’t realize how dangerous of a prayer I’d be praying.

Sometimes when we pray that prayer, we think God will just take us to another level in our lives, without us having to go through any trials or testing. We’ll just wake up one day and be the man or woman of God He’s called us to be! Anyone else find out it doesn’t work that way?

Days after I prayed that prayer, through various means, I started recognizing things that I need to grow in. I didn’t like what I was seeing at all. In fact, I got really discouraged.

I found out why that verse says, “Don’t give up when he corrects you.” When you’re getting corrected and disciplined in your walk with God, the temptation will be to quit. It doesn’t feel good! So what will get you through it?

Recognizing God loves you and knows what’s best for you. This takes humility. Humility is the ability to realistically see where you are, admit where your not, ask for help, & make changes. But it’s the only way to go to another level.

This will require us to trust God with every aspect of our lives, to know He knows what He’s doing, and to take steps of faith.

Let’s humble ourselves today and allow God to take us to another level.