Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Back to School: God Corrects His Children

(V11) “My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: (V12) For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he deligheth.”  Proverbs 3: 11-12 (KJV)

Pastor, gospel singer, and Black Entertainment Television Sunday Best show judge Donnie McClurkin sang a very popular contemporary gospel song a few years ago entitled We Fall Down. In it, he encouraged all who fell down to “get back up again” with the lyrics, “for a saint is just a sinner who fell down and got up.” People fall all the time. Roller skaters fall, but because they love to skate, they “get back up again.” Gymnasts fall, from their balancing beams and parallel bars, but because they love gymnastics, they “get back up again.” In fact, the act of “getting back up again” makes skaters and gymnasts better athletes by virtue of the lessons they learn in falling. Nevertheless, because of the nature of their sports, skaters and gymnasts, basketball and tennis players, too, all anticipate that no matter how good they become, they will still, on occasion, “fall down.”
At the London Summer Olympics 16-year-old Gabby Douglass became the first African American woman to win a gold medal in the women's gymnastic all-around competition, and only the fourth American women to win a gold medal in the individual all-around competition. She couldn't have done it without falling down. Gabby stated, "It means so much, all the hard work and dedication and effort put in the gym and hard days," Douglas explained. "And hard days are the best because that's where champions are made, so if you push through the hard days you can get through anything."
Some people believe Christians have limitless favor with God. This is simply not the case. Saints “fall down,” by falling into sin, but because they love the Lord, they “get back up again.” Solomon remind us in Proverbs 3 to welcome the Lord’s chastisements, and not grow tired of them, “My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: (V11)” Sometimes the Lord’s chastisements can be painful, and it may seem as though He does not love us, but the Bible says, “For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. (V 12)”
Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!

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