“Joyful are those you discipline, LORD, those you teach with your instructions.” – Psalm 94:12
When I’m struggling, especially in my mind, when I find myself stuck in wrong ways of thinking, and wrong ways of seeing, one of my favorite prayers to pray is this:
Lord, show me any place in me that is not in agreement with You. Anything that is in me– wrong ways of thinking, any place in my heart that is wounded and not able to love the way it should, will You show me? Will You set me straight, will You just cleanse all of that stuff out, and will You renew me, and refill me and give me a fresh start today? Help, me Lord. Thank you, for what You’re doing in me, Lord!
The moment that I have with the Lord when I pray this prayer helps me to break out of whatever cycle or mess that I’ve found myself in. It allows the Lord to open my eyes and to reveal to me, in His way, what I need to deal with within myself. Sometimes it happens instantly, and sometimes I begin to see things differently in a gradual way.
As His child, He has promised to transform us, to teach us, to lovingly instruct us and remind us in a way that transforms our hearts.
He will see us through.
But it does take our willingness…
Sometimes the Lord shows me the things He wants to deal with immediately, and sometimes it is confirmed through other people, and I know — I know and I feel loved and thankful for the correction. It’s this feeling of relief. Because the Lord is so good, and so faithful to show me that thing that is keeping me blocked, bogged down, that thing that is in the way of what He wants to do in my life. He does it out of love, and because of His promise.
“And you have forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons: “My son, do not take lightly the discipline of the Lord, and do not lose heart when He rebukes you.” – Hebrews 12:5
He’s not going to let us remain as we are, He’s going to see us through. Because He loves us and wants us to receive all that He has for us in this life and into eternity.
“Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.” – Job 5:17