No discipline seems pleasant at the time but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace in you, who has been trained by it.
- Hebrews 12:11
Have you ever watched a toddler feed themselves? They grasp their food with their tiny, chubby hands and fumble to get it in their mouth. Other times they will intentionally drop a fistful of food to the ground, watching it fall, only to look at their parents and babble, “uh oh.”
As parents, we have daily opportunities to instruct our children. Some directions are to protect them, others to help them grow up healthy and whole. Likewise, God wants what is best for us. He wants to mature us to grow up to be more like Him.
However, we sometimes repeat the same sins over and over again. We know when we drop that piece of food, it will hit the ground per se. We look at the things in our lives that we have dropped, failed at, or just thrown away and look to God mumbling, “Uh oh.” But God looks at us lovingly through the eyes of Christ’s sacrifice. He offers forgiveness and instruction. He sets our feet upon solid ground.
Today, ask your loving Father to guide you and help you grow strong in Him. You can rely on Him to come through on your behalf.