Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty. Job 5:1

The dictionary defines the verb correct as “to set right, to remove errors from.” Job 5:17 says the happy person is the one whom God corrects. Hebrews 12:9 says, “We have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?” And according to 2 Timothy, God has two tools He often uses to correct us—our teachers and His Word.

Paul told Timothy, “…a servant of the LORD must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition” (2 Timothy 2:24-25). And in the next chapter, we read: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).

Human fathers corrected their children for earthly reasons, but our heavenly Father corrects His children for eternal reasons, and He often does it using godly teachers and His holy Word. What needs correcting in your life today? Let’s ask God to set us right and remove all errors from our hearts.

Discipline is the divinely ordained path to a deepening relationship with God and a growing love with him…Thus to refuse discipline, is to turn our back on growth and love. R. Kent Hughes

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