Monday, July 25, 2011

Learning the hard way

We would like God to correct us if we go wrong. But when He does, we rebel having to change.

The book of Job says "Happy is the man whom God corrects" [5:17]

Correction demands breaking and a defenseless acceptance of defeat. Rarely do we amend our ways if God uses someone to correct us. God's correction escapes us either because we are not sensitive enough to discern or our ego doesn't permit us to change.

Like the prodigal son, we choose to learn the hard way having to eat what is assigned to pigs. Our unteachability leads us to learn it the hard way.

When God uses a difficult situation to correct us, the darkness may linger on without a distant light to anchor our hope. But when we have successfully yielded to this pedagogy of God, we emerge in the light, a light bright enough to lead us through imminent tunnels joyfully.

This experiential learning leaves us with deep conviction about what is pleasing to God. But better is to accept correction as it comes.

In the book of 2 Samuel, indignant Abishai tells David after he witnesses Shimei curse his master "Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? I will go, and cut off his head" [16: 9]. David replies "Why do you interfere in this matter sons of Sarvia? Leave him alone and let him curse me! for the Lord has bid him to curse me. What right has anyone to question what God is doing." [16: 10].