The Lord Gave Him Permission

Grace and peace be unto you.

How do you know when the Lord is disciplining you? Centuries ago, it was generally believed that an illness indicates God’s punishment for sin. However, Jesus corrected this misconception during one of his conversations with his disciples. “Rabbi, his disciples asked him, why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins? It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins, Jesus answered. This happened so the power of God could be seen in him” (John 9:2-3).

The story is told that David was fleeing from his son, Absalom who wanted to overthrow him. As he approached Bahurim, a village east of Jerusalem, a man named Shimei came out. Shimei started cursing and throwing stones at him and his officials. Abishai, son of Zeruiah, David’s sister, was angry and asked David’s permission to cut off Shimei’s head.

David said, “What does this have to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the Lord said to him, ‘Curse David,’ who can ask, ‘Why do you do this? Leave him alone; let him curse, for the Lord has told him to.” Then, David and his men continued on their journey, while Shimei walked along the hillside opposite them, cursing and pelting them with stones, and showering them with dirt. (2 Samuel 16:5-13).  

David knew God was punishing him for the act he committed against Bathsheba and Uriah (2 Samuel 12:7-12). Although the experience was embarrassing, he humbly accepted his discipline. When we disobey God’s word, he disciplines us (Psalm 62:12). He desires that we accept his discipline with humility and learn the lessons. Scripture says, “For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child” (Hebrews 12:16).

Perhaps you are experiencing a humiliating situation and wondering if God is disciplining you. I encourage you to ask him. He prefers to have a conversation before administering punishment, but if you are not having frequent dialogue with him, it is difficult for him to share the information with you. He is waiting for you to enter his presence (Jeremiah 29:13).

Heavenly Father, thanks for taking the time to talk with us. In Jesus’ name, amen.   

Published by Nadine

I am a disciple of Christ and He is the center of my joy. I was created to accomplish his purpose. I am a writer and author of five books; 1. The 9 Unhealthy Desires of the Mind: How to defeat the enemy and fulfill your purpose, 2. The Heart of God: Follow His Plan, 3. Keep Moving Forward: Empowered by God's Love, 4. From God's Heart To Yours, 5. More Than Conqueror. Grace and peace be unto you.

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