Adversities for Discipline

 

Another reason God allows adversities is to rid us of pride. Even some great preachers, perhaps most, cope with pride, and the apostle Paul was no exception. Therefore, while writing to the believers at Corinth he confessed:

“So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of my revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I plead with God to remove the thorn, but He said to me that His grace is sufficient and His power is made perfect through weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12: 7-9a.

Pride appears to be an inherent sin: a baby thinks life is all about her,demands much attention, and if not received, has her way of showing her disapproval. Also pride is the oldest sin manifested: it was pride that caused Lucifer to try and take an equal position with God in heaven,which resulted in his being cast to earth. And he is the one who tempts man to be prideful, but God can not successfully use His children, who are filled with pride.

Therefore, often discipline is necessary:

“…do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by Him. For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and chastises every son He receives.” Hebrews 12: 5b-6.

 

Father, as Paul did, I confess that pride in my life is a sin that causes me much concern. Though in my writing career, I endeavor to give God any honor received, coping with pride is a constant battle in my life. And as my family continues to suffer adversities, I wonder if I’m being disciplined. I have confessed any sin in my life,  and am trusting God for strength to endure. I thank You in Jesus name. Amen

 

Doris Lisemby