Whenever our heavenly Father uses the rod of correction!
("Every Day!" Author unknown, 1872)
"Do not despise the chastening of the Lord — nor faint when you are rebuked by Him." Hebrews 12:5
Whenever our heavenly Father uses the rod of correction — it is in love, and for our profit. We should not, therefore, on the one hand make light of it — and on the other hand, we should not sink under it in despondency.
If we err by treating Divine correction with indifference — we thereby ask for severer treatment, for the strokes of the rod must be repeated until we feel them and submit to them!
And if we err by fainting under rebuke — it is a proof that we forget how pitiful and tender a Father corrects us, and that He intends nothing but our present profit and everlasting good. Chastening only benefits us as we are "exercised" by it — and therefore we must feel it. But if we faint — we shall fail to apprehend the gracious purposes of it.
O my Father, let me ever turn to You, when You use the rod — in submission, in trust, and love. Do not allow me to slight Your gentler rebukes, and permit me not to faint under Your severer discipline. May I remember that, though "no chastening for the present seems to be joyous but grievous — nevertheless, afterwards it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto those who are exercised thereby."
"Heed the rod — and the One who appointed it." Micah 6:9
"Trials make the promise sweet,
Trials give new life to prayer;
Trials bring me to His feet,
Lay me low, and keep me there!"