10 We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.
Oh my heavens why post a verse like this. It is the truth.
When we do not allow judgements in our lives and receive them, we are like a blind man walking around trying to feel his way around. We continue to strive with ourselves and the Lord, we stumble and fall, again. We then feel absolutely lost and without cause or reason, we will eventually give up.
How can we stop stumbling in the dark, turn on the Light. We need to get back where we once were. Fine! How?
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Rebuke and chasten, in short, you might say, is not receiving God‘s judgements in our lives. God loves us enough to stop us, tell us what we are doing wrong, but the rest is up to us. We are to repent. We are to turn away from what we once were doing, go in the opposite direction, and that is back to the will of God. “Lord, why did this come about? What is it You are wanting me to learn in this? How do I do what You are requiring of me?
First of all, talk with Jesus. Tell Him you are sorry, truly sorry. Then ask Him what it is He wants from you and what you need to do from here. He will show you. God corrects those He loves. When you feel the sting of the correction, what are you going to do with it. Get angry and blame or accept the blame? Are you getting stiff-necked like Pharaoh and reject what the Lord wants of you? You can do that. Or, will you say, “Okay, Lord here I am, I have fallen and yet You are there, so where do I go from here, help me to turn away from what has displeased You, I desire for our relationship not to be hindered.” God will then jump with joy…My Dear One has returned, He will shout. Then the good things just begin, sweet fellowship with Jesus; unhindered fellowship with Jesus.
12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; 13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
These verses have taken me by surprise a few times. What these verse are really speaking are, let me show you in the Amplifed Bible and what it says there.
11 For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful; but afterwards it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it [a harvest of fruit which consists in righteousness—in conformity to God’s will in purpose, thought, and action, resulting in right living and right standing with God]. 12 So then, brace up and reinvigorate and set right your slackened and weakened and drooping hands and strengthen your feeble and palsied and tottering knees, 13 And cut through and make firm and plain and smooth, straight paths for your feet [yes, make them safe and upright and happy paths that go in the right direction], so that the lame and halting [limbs] may not be put out of joint, but rather may be cured.
In short what it is tells us, correction and discipline in our lives is not FUN but PAINFUL. I am sure we can all agree to that. But the results of it is far more wonderful IF we allow it to do its work in us. Stop with all the feelings, pouting, anger, pride and so on. Now just get up, get over it, wipe those tears, settle those emotions and do what is right before the Lord, turn to Him.
1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. 4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. 5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
We have hope. Much hope! Jesus and all the heroes of faith of Hebrews chapter 11, are our great examples, our “clouds of witnesses.” they and Christ wet through what they did for something greater than themselves, a prize, a better thing (Heb. 11:39, 40). Jesus endure for the Joy that was set before Him. We are His joy. He is our prize, our goal.
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Christ Jesus is our prize. As long as we are in these human bodies we are going to have short comings, but we get up and press forward. Press forward to the high calling…our high calling is Christ Jesus Himself.
We have hope. We are shown grace and mercy. We are shown and given much love through Christ our Lord. Be not weary dear ones, but encouraged.
Before I leave you I want to tell you a story on this subject:
A little boy had to be taken out of the room full of family members over for Thanksgiving for misbehavior. His father had spoken to him several times. So dad picked up his son and took to the other room an dspanked the boy. The father then again asked his son why he had gotten the spanking and he told his father word for word what he had done and why he was taken to the other room. His father picked him up, hugged him and told him that was why he was spanked. Then his father kissed him and told him he loved him. As they returned to the room, walking out chipper and with a smile on his face, the boy passed his grandmother, she said, “Oh, I love you.” The little boy replied, “Not you too, Grandma.”
The little boy knew he had disrespected his grandmother. It saddened him not that he was going to be spanked by her as well, but that he heard those words, “I love you.”
God doesn’t correct us out of anger but from a great love for us.
Lord bless you until later. Trust you rest in His great hope and enjoy His grace supplied for you.
**NOTE: The little story I just relayed to you may raise a few eyebrows concerning spanking. That is not my subject nor am I going to spend my time discussing it or debating it. I know some do not believe in spanking a child, spanking and abuse are two VERY different things. The Bible is clear on the subject.