“Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves; therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty.
Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O Lord, and whom you teach out of your law,
My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof,
For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.
The other morning I was working out at the gym and a song by Starfield stared playing on my ipod…. The words ” thirst for discipline” jumped out at me. I began thinking about how not everyone has this thirst. And also how at different times in my life I have had more of a thirst than other times.
What is it that give me a thirst for more of God and why?
That same morning I was reading in 1 Timothy 4 and came across this passage….
11 Command and teach these things. 12 Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. 14 Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. 15 Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.
Now being someone who does go to the gym and understands the importance of discipline and also the excitement of seeing progress in strength, I got this word to my soul! Just as I must practice this discipline of taking care of my body, the temple of God, I must practice the character traits mentioned above. When I don’t feel like it is the the most important time to DO IT!
May I continue to thirst for Him and hunger for things that are deeper…..