Tough Love's Conclusion
Blessed is the man You discipline, O Lord, the man You teach from Your law; You grant him relief from days of trouble, till a pit is dug for the wicked. For the Lord will not reject His people; He will never forsake His inheritance.
Psalm 94:12-14 (NIV)
Correction hurts. Have you seen a dog held by an invisible fence? When the fence is installed, he strays in ignorance. Zap! Yet, he is tempted to go beyond the hidden line. Zap again. He learns.
God's law is our invisible wall, and we have an instruction manual: the Bible. When we don't know God, we don't understand the fence. We are blind, deaf, and dumb in Satan's world. We are his pawns to promote or knock down. Still, God watches.
The blessed ignorant are the ones knocked down. Eventually, they may look up and find God. I did. I surrendered to the fence and asked God for help. An ambassador of Christ sent me two books. For me, they were cups of Living Water.
When we surrender to God, His electric fence of protection goes into a higher gear. When we stray, God zaps us. Only now, we are thankful for correction. A small zap is eternally better than getting hit by the sin car of death.
But God doesn't want us only to be disciplined and spared from death. He wants us to live abundant, creative, and joyful lives. He wants us to eat, sing, dance, work, grow, and share. He wants us free to help others.
Even more, He promises us 'relief from days of trouble.' The corrected will rise. It is God's promise. 'He will never forsake His inheritance.' Jesus is His inheritance. When we believed Jesus, we became God's inheritance, too! Tough love's conclusion is joy and life!