Summary: What benefits are acquired by the Lord Chastening His people.
"Chastened by the Lord"
By: Rev. Jerry VanTilburg
Have you ever asked the Lord, “Why are you doing this to me, do you watching me suffer or Lord are you trying to kill me enjoy?!” Perhaps you have told Him you were fed up, tired of it, and you weren’t going to take it anymore. Honestly, I think we all have experienced some of these sentiments. But why as God’s children, knowing that He loves and cares for us, make such accusatorial statements?
We must realize there are many reasons, everything from lack of consecration to being out of God’s will. But even the child of God who sincerely loves God and despite his or hers consecration, will at times go through this process of chastisement. Through these times we are not to complain, Proverbs 3:11 tells us “My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord, neither be weary of His correction.” Hebrews 12:5 admonishes us, “…not to faint at the Lord’s correction.” The word faint means to not give up or relax from labor. So when we are being chastised by the Lord we shouldn’t give up but rather give in to Him and His plan for us. Therefore, we should accept the process with praise and thankfulness to Him for loving us enough to take the time to correct us. We must always bear in mind that we are speaking of eternal matters and not temporal.
We must always remember, chastisement isn’t punishment but rather the Lord working with His children. Psalms 94:12 says, “Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of thy law.” The reason this isn’t punishment is because Christ took the punishment for us at the cross. Isaiah 53:5-4 tells us that Christ was stricken, smitten, wounded, and bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace being laid on Him. Romans 4:25 says, speaking of Christ, “Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised for our justification.” This is why it is wrong for Christians to punish other Christians for failures.
Chastisement from the Lord proves two things, he loves us and we are sons or daughters of God and not “bastard children”. Proverbs 3:12 tells us that God as our Father loves and delights in those whom He chastises. Hebrews 12:6-8 says, “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as sons, for what son is he whom the Father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.” This tells us if we aren’t at times chastised we aren’t God’s children. This explains why some people in the church world seemingly “get away with murder” and nothing apparently happenings to them. God is therefore accused of ignoring their actions. But we must remember that these individuals don’t belong to Him. So the Lord deals with them in a different manner—i.e. judgement that will eventually come. Revelation 3:19 says, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten, be zealous therefore, and repent.” So then if we as Christians sin or go in a wrong direction we are to repent, turn around and go Gods way, this is what repent means.