Discipline me, Lord, but only in due measure–not in your anger, or you will reduce me to nothing. Jeremiah 10:24
Very few people would be willing to ask to be disciplined. The term ‘discipline’ is often seen as a negative thing. It often implies being held back or restricted and punished for doing something.
Those who are truly successful have learn to discipline themselves and be disciplined by others. The athlete that wins the gold medal went through extreme discipline by a coach to learn to be the best. None of the athletes make it there on their own, but by discipline. At some point they were willing to ask for discipline and accept what was given them.
Jeremiah asks God to discipline him. He asks, however, that the discipline not be done out of anger, but at right levels.
One of the reasons that discipline is so poorly looked upon is that many times it is done out of anger in retaliation to something done wrong. Too many parents have often ‘discipline’ their child out of anger and frustration and hit the child in a wrong way causing more damage. Employers often discipline in the same way, though not always physically.
God’s discipline is to correct a wrong and get the person back on the right track. He is focused on building a person up, not tear or beat them down. All of this done in perfect love.
There is also the discipline of learning to say no to sin and yes to the things of God. It takes work and practice to say no to sin and yes to God. The heart and ways of man fights against good discipline. People want to do their own thing, in their own way and in their own time, rejecting God.
God is at work in your life and will do things if you will allow Him to do so. He sent His Holy Spirit to guide you in how to live your life–to discipline you.
If you are honest with yourself, you will know that you have faults in your life. You need to change, however, you may not know how to make that happen. Trust God and ask for His discipline to guide you in making that change.
Allow God to train (discipline) you to be more like Jesus every day and less like yourself and this world. It takes hard work, obedience and discipline to be like Jesus. It does not come automatically.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to discipline you; that you will work to be like Jesus in every area of your life; and that you will know God’s great love and mercy in your life.