For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
As human beings walking through life in this mortal body of clay, our immediate reaction when the pain of chastening and scourging comes is to wonder why the LORD has a problem with us. We feel like we must be no good and we are nothing but a problem for Him to deal with. However scripture is clear that if the LORD loves us He is going to chasten and scourge us. Obviously there are realms of God’s love that we are not familiar with and have not yet experienced.
We seek the LORD and pray all the time for Him to prosper and bless us so that we can take care of our loved ones, our responsibilities and help the church. Yet when the chastening and scourging come we feel that surely if the LORD is allowing this kind of pain in my life He must be really upset with me.
John 15:2 teaches, “Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” So if I am to go from just bearing fruit to bearing more fruit there has to be some purging and some chastening and scourging take place to remove the sucker vines in my life that rob me of the spiritual food and nutrients I need to move from bearing fruit to bearing more fruit.
Hebrews 12:11, “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.”
It takes a degree of maturity in Christ to be able to exhibit an attitude of thankfulness and gratitude in the midst of chastening and scourging. When the pain comes, let us open our mouth and justify God Almighty instead of complaining and justifying self. It is the door from bearing fruit into bearing more fruit.