Here It Comes

This has been a week for many people who has been a roller-coaster of emotions.  I watched the news with a broken heart for all those who have lost their lives because of the devastation from tornado’s.  Here in Louisville Ky, we have been constantly awakened by weather alerts.  My precious wife has lost much sleep over the storms.  Just as she would attempt to go to sleep, another weather alert would come.

I was reminded of these things as I read the following, “A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding, than a hundred blows into a fool,” Proverbs 17:10.  For some people a Godly rebuke is feared as much as a tornado.  For others there is no fear because they do not listen to any type of rebuke.

This morning as I read about the life of King Saul, I Samuel 9-15, I was reminded how this man was rebuked time after time, but it did not get through.  Here is what his own son said of him, “My father has troubled the land,” 15:29.  

Brothers and sisters, we trouble ourselves and everyone around us when we refuse to hear the gentle rebuke of the Lord.  The fact is, we all need rebuke because all of us fail and all of us are flawed.  We need God’s precious rebuke to be molded into the followers of Christ that we are called to be.

My prayer for my own life this morning was simply, “Lord, help me to never despise or deny your gentle rebuke. May I become a man of understanding through your gentle rebuke so that I can grow in the gospel.”

Maybe you are struggle with circumstances in your life?  Maybe you are upset with God or you are afraid of what is coming next? If so, I offer you the sweet advice of God’s word, “Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding,” 17:27.  Take Solomon’s advice, calm down and listen to God.

Our Lord loves us and would not allow anything to happen for our demise.  His love is for our deliverance and for our development.  So follow the word’s of a precious old hymn, “Trust and obey, for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey!!!”

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