Daily Devotion Friday, February 7

Friday, February 07, 2014 – Psalm 84; Genesis 24:1-27; Hebrews 12:3-11 and John 7:1-13

Long time ago when Phyllis and I lived in Jones Creek, Texas (near Freeport, TX) we had a neighbor who didn’t believe we were disciplining our boys enough. In fact one day he told the boys in front of Phyllis; “If your parents had done a better job disciplining you, you wouldn’t have picked my Bluebonnets in the first place.” They’d picked them as a present to Phyllis and then Phyllis explained why they shouldn’t have done that and the three of them went over to tell him what they’d done and that they were sorry.

The point of sharing this story from our past is that the topic of how to raise and discipline children can get many people going on their soap box.

Here are some passages from Proverbs that I pulled up on disciplining children/grandchildren.

17 Discipline your children, and they will give you rest;
they will give delight to your heart.  (
Proverbs 29:17 NRSV)

Train children in the right way,
and when old, they will not stray. (
Proverbs 22:6 NRSV)

Before I share the next one, I want to say that I believe spanking to be a form of discipline of last resort and never administered in anger. I find the discipline of consequences to be a better form of discipline. On Super Bowl Sunday, Mackenzie was letting us know that she didn’t want to watch the Super Bowl and if she’d have her way the TV would melt away. I calmly explained that I wanted to watch the game but if she didn’t want me to then I wouldn’t and we wouldn’t turn the TV on anymore while she was at our house. As the game got so out of hand for Denver, she and I did play a game while I continued to watch and suffer even to the very end.

24 Those who spare the rod hate their children,
but those who love them are diligent to discipline them.
(Proverbs 13:24 NRSV)

This now brings me to our reading from Hebrews for today.

Hebrews 12:3-11 – 7Endure trials for the sake of discipline. God is treating you as children; for what child is there whom a parent does not discipline? 8If you do not have that discipline in which all children share, then you are illegitimate and not his children. 9Moreover, we had human parents to discipline us, and we respected them. Should we not be even more willing to be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share his holiness. 11Now, discipline always seems painful rather than pleasant at the time, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

If it’s good for us to discipline our children, so is it good for our heavenly Father to discipline us, His children.

Here’s a couple of other verses from Proverbs to chew on.

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
but those who hate to be rebuked are stupid.
(Proverbs 12:1 NRSV)

A fool despises a parent’s instruction,
but the one who heeds admonition is prudent.
(Proverbs 15:5 NRSV)

Today, give thanks for the discipline of your parents and also the discipline from our heavenly Father. I think often, God’s discipline is administered unto us via the consequences of our bad choices.

Your thoughts on today’s devotion would be appreciated.

Our Father, Who art in heaven; thanks for disciplining us Your children for through your guidance upon us hopefully we turn and follow Your paths that give us life and help others find true life as well. Guide me and discipline me, O God. Amen.

Psalm 84 – 4   Happy are those who live in your house,
ever singing your praise.
5   Happy are those whose strength is in you,
in whose heart are the highways to Zion.

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