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Jehovah Makkeh – The Lord Who Strikes (Disciplines) You

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The Bible says that God disciplines His children in the same way that good parents train their kids—teaching values, imparting wisdom, setting boundaries, correcting misbehavior—God trains us.

“I will not look on you with pity; I will not spare you. I will repay you for your conduct and for the detestable practices among you. Then you will know that it is I the LORD who strikes you.”
Ezekiel 7:9

Discipline is another word for training. It’s having (and following) a clear set of expectations, requirements, and consequences in order to create an environment that will bring out the best in an individual or in a team, family, military unit, or class.

The Bible says that God disciplines His children in the same way that good parents train their kids—teaching values, imparting wisdom, setting boundaries, correcting misbehavior—God trains us.

Such discipline isn’t pleasant; it’s painful (Hebrews 12:11). But it’s the only way we’ll ever grow into better people.

Athletes who get annoyed at their coach for having to spend time in the gym are shortsighted. They don’t realize that the coach has their best interests in mind.

To an infinitely greater degree, God has our best interests in mind. He does not want us to fail. God disciplines us for His glory, for the world’s good, and for our own growth in godliness.

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What are ways you have seen God discipline His children?

Prayer:
God, thank You for the gift of discipline. Help me to remember that You are shaping my life into something beautiful. Help me to trust You more. Amen.

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