Know then in your heart that as a parent disciplines a child so the Lord your God disciplines you. Therefore keep the commandments of the Lord your God, by walking in His ways and by fearing Him.
– Deuteronomy 8:5-6
With us…at times…God acts like that loving and caring parent who chastises a child: unwillingly, but forced by necessity; mercifully; moderately; and so as to make us stronger. God is our caring Father who exudes love and who, for that same reason, disciplines us to mould and strengthen our character and our resolve as we go through life seeking to reach our ultimate destination.
Much in the same manner as little children love their father, we should love, revere, and respect God, our Father; fear offending Him; be in awe of His majesty; walk in the ways He directs; and always seek out His voice.
“Endure trials for the sake of discipline. God is treating you as children; for what child is there whom a parent does not discipline? If you do not have that discipline in which all children share, then you are illegitimate and not His children.”
– St. Paul. Letter to the Hebrews 12:7-8
Abba, I love You.
Thank You for loving me so.
Guide me, Father,
…and guide me to do Your will.