Nov 2, 2016
WOFCF Bible Explosion
God’s Discipline – Lesson One
We have seen how God shows us in our conscience what is right and what is wrong in His sight. In this lesson, we will see how God trains His children to walk in obedience to Him.
Point #1 God Judges the Unsaved
Many times it seems that the wicked get by with their sins and prosper in this life, while God's children have many trials and troubles. In Psalm 73, the psalmist was complaining to God about this very thing. He said,
"For I was envious of the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked…they have more than heart could wish." (Psalm 73:3, 7) The thought of how the wicked were prospering was painful to the psalmist until God showed him what would happen to the wicked.
The Bible says, "Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction. Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors." (Psalm 73:18-19). The truth brought out here is that the wicked will receive the final judgment for their sins in the next world. They may prosper in this life, but they cannot escape God's righteous judgment. One day they will stand before the Great White Throne where they will be judged for every sin.
Point #2 God Disciplines His Children
God's children have a privilege that the unsaved do not have. They come under the discipline of their heavenly Father. What is discipline? Discipline is "child-training." It is the training a father gives his child. A father does not discipline the children of others, but he pays close attention to the training of his own children. When a father disciplines his son, he is training him to be what he wants him to be. A good father wants his son to be obedient. He wants him to be truthful. He wants him to be honest. He wants him to be diligent. He wants him to be polite and considerate of others. A good father begins the training of his son at a very early age, and he continues his training until his son reaches maturity. Day by day, he faithfully and lovingly disciplines his son to make him what he wants him to be.
Point #3 God Disciplines His Children by Teaching Them
God is a good father. He faithfully and lovingly disciplines His children to make them what He wants them to be. He trains and teaches His children so that they may bring honor to His name. The Lord gives this promise to His children: "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with my eye." (Psalm 32:8) God teaches us as we spend time alone with Him over His Word. He teaches us through spiritual leaders. He teaches us through the example of godly men and women. Throughout our lives, we should be learning about God and His ways.
Point #4 How Does God Discipline Us?
He disciplines us by our circumstances. God arranges all sorts of happenings to teach us what He wants us to learn. The things that happen to a child of God are not accidental. All the things that happen to us are either ordered by God or permitted by Him, and they are working together for our good. The Bible says, "We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28) Many things that happen to us do not in themselves seem to be good. Indeed, they may be painful and bitter to us. But God's Word says that we can know that "all things work together for good to those who love God."