Let’s be honest, we’ve all done things to cause problems on our own selves! We get into relationships knowing we’re not fully compatible with the other person, accept jobs we know don’t line up with our values, and live lifestyles we know could seriously harm our bodies. Yet and still, all because of the little benefit we believe we’re getting, we continue to take on the very things we know could land us in big trouble. And guess what?!…When trouble strikes we run to God in prayer; begging him to deliver us, heal us, or save us from the mess we’ve put ourselves in! Then we have the nerve to get mad at God or impatient with Him when He doesn’t come through quick enough. But here’s the thing, we can’t be mad at anyone concerning trouble we’ve caused upon ourselves.
Only a FOOL or one who is WEAK in understanding would do something he knows has great potential to harm him. With that being said, every time we yield to these harmful things it shows great weakness on our part-weakness in our faith, self-control, or some other area. Now if God quickly delivered us how would our weakness ever be corrected? How would we ever learn?…We wouldn’t, just as soon as we got delivered we’d land ourselves right back in trouble, knowing we wouldn’t have to suffer long because God would quickly come to our rescue. Now the Word teaches us that God indeed corrects or disciplines His children. But how does He do it, does He literally come down from Heaven and spank us?!
No, of course not-I believe sometimes He disciplines us by allowing us to suffer in messes we’ve made long enough for us to grow and rid ourselves of the weakness that got us in trouble to begin with. Nobody likes to suffer; it’s not fun. However, speaking from pure experience, I can say that some of my most valuable life lessons manifested in the midst of great suffering. So today I say to you: if you’re sitting in a mess that you’ve caused on yourself, pray to God that you will learn the lesson you need to learn while also trusting that God is merciful enough to deliver you in due season!
Proverbs 3:11-12 (New King James Version)
“My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor detest His correction; For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.”
-To God be the Glory
*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.