Thank you Sir! May I Have Another?

God is continually showering down his Love and Grace on all of us. Yet it is easy for many of us to miss the bucketfuls of blessings. We do not recognize His love because we have misclassified it.

It is only when all is according to our will and good pleasure that we “feel the love”. We “loves me some me” as a colorful egoist put it before the media. We too often equate love as the bringing of good things to ourselves, things that we enjoy and make us “feel” good. We “loves me some me” by the oceanfuls.

Here is an abrupt bursting of that illusion and self-deception. “For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.” Prov. 3:12.

Whoa, wait a minute! That can’t be true. You mean to tell me that there is pain and correction in the expression of love? No I didn’t say that, God did. You are a child of God, right? If so, then He also says, “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.” Prov. 22:15.

You see, this is the unenviable position and role of a good father. This world, this country, this town, this house, even to the soul of you, cannot be at rest and peace without order. Order only comes by an ordered hierarchy of authority. With no rules, no boundaries, no power to enforce them we are left with chaos. Chaos was over the earth before “the beginning”. But, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.” Gen 1:1-2.

It is Authority — God — who put the earth in order and made it habitable. And this world, this country, this town, this house and your soul are habitable only by a submission to authority.

This is the job that a “good father” has — to bring order into chaos. A father must establish a righteousness within the kingdom of your earth through a chastening, rebuking and bringing to submission the chaos of your soul.

You want to sin, operate independently, self-centeredly with no recognition to authority, rules or boundaries. “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” James 1:14-15.

Your father knows best. He is trying to save your soul. He is trying to teach you by the loving way he is establishing righteousness in your soul through the rules and boundaries established by authority in you. And sadly, most of us hate our father for it. We see him as unloving.

We have misclassified his love as hateful and hurtful. It may be hurtful but his love is not harmful. Just think: When you go to the dentist with a painful cavity, does it hurt when he removes the poison and source of your pain? Of course (unless we are under enough anesthesia). But does he harm you, or do you good?

We all need to submit to this authority and allow it to come in and fix us up with medicine that hurts at first but then produces a good result — peace in a system that is corrupt and out of control.

“Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” Hebrews 12:11.

Thank you Sir! May I have another?