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.



4 Responses

  1. Very true many of us think God is going to make us into super Christians without going through the trials in life. The trials help define us and give us the ability to help others grow in the faith.

  2. Hey Jon,

    Thanks for the comments – very true! That's why I love James 1 – Count it all joy when you go through trials . . . because in the end you'll come out perfect, lacking nothing!!

    Where you from?


  3. Interesting prayer and a solid prayer. I found your site via a comment you made on Donald Miller's blog about leaving friendships. I've been praying for God to take me to the next level in my quest for relationship but it seems I'm at a place where I can only see the step I'm on and not the ones before me. Being a runner also, I'm learning about training and endurance. I just have to remember to run my own race and the path God has set before me. His and mine together is the only one that counts.

    1. Hey Janet!

      Thanks for visiting the blog! I love Don Miller's blog! I know something I've learned when it comes to taking steps is that we're on a "need to know basis" when it comes to God's plan for our lives. Often, we think we need to take another step, but God has something for us to learn with what is right in front of us. Ask God what he wants you to learn in this step, and when we learn that, I promise He'll be faithful to show us the next step!

      Thanks again for the comment!

      Have a great day,

      Bubba Smith

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