No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
We could spend a week on this chapter alone. Every verse is gold. Verse 11-13 touches on the uncomfortable topic of discipline. Discipline is necessary for a child to learn, grow, and be safe from harm. It is no different with us and our heavenly father. God’s sentiment toward us is not one of anger or condemnation, but of love, conviction and a desire for us to grow in Christ-likeness. And it is not only for our own benefit. The additional fruit of discipline is discipleship, that may make straight a path for others to walk.
Are we responding well to God’s attempts to discipline us? What is God saying that we are choosing not to hear? If we choose to accept the guiding hand of God, there is no end to what he could use us for. That the lame may be healed! That the blind would see! That people would come to know Christ! Growth is painful, but the fruit is eternal.
God, forgive me for being disobedient to you. I am humbled by your patience with me. May I become more like you in all I do, that my life reflects your glory.