Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O Lord,
and whom you teach out of your law,
13 to give him rest from days of trouble,
until a pit is dug for the wicked.
14 For the Lord will not forsake his people;
he will not abandon his heritage; (Ps 94:12-14 ESV)
No discipline is hard at the time and I do not look forward to the difficulties of it. But I can appreciate it because of what it means. It means that I am blessed, not abandoned by the Lord. That is my real fear; that my sin will drive God away from me; that he will abandon me because of my failures. Discipline is the assurance that he has not abandoned me.
Do you ever think of discipline like this?
Chronological Reading Plan plus Psalms: Jd 13-15, Ps 94