The Chastening of the Almighty

Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:  For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.

Job 5:17-18

When we are being “corrected” by the Lord, it is never a pleasant experience.  In fact, I don’t know that I’ve ever been “corrected and chastened” and enjoyed it.  By their very nature, those things are painful and difficult.  But this verse tells us that “happy is the man whom God correcteth” and that we are to “despise not the chastening of the Almighty.”  There are many reasons that we should be happy when we are corrected by the Lord:

1. When He wounds, He heals.
– Verse 18 tells us that “he maketh sore, and bindeth up.”  It also says that “he woundeth, and his hands make whole.”  When the Lord needs to chasten us, He does so out of love.  When He causes us pain, it is only to bring us back to Himself, where He will welcome us and comfort us.  When His hand of chastening is upon us, it is His hand of healing that will come soon after.

2. Chastening increases our joy.
– It seems like a paradox to say that “happy is the man whom God correcteth.”  Our happiness is not necessarily in the correction itself, but in the joy and happiness that comes from returning to the Lord.  Hebrews 12:11 tells us that “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.”  If we pay attention to the Lord’s correction, we will draw closer to Him, which will increase our joy and happiness!

The next time you feel yourself under the chastening hand of the Lord, remember that, far from being a bad thing, it is something glorious and something to thank Him for.  Correct whatever it is that you are being chastened for and enjoy a closer walk with the Lord!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you Ben! What if He never chastened us . . .and so I never returned to Him? That would be so bad I couldn’t bear it. God bless you as you go to Him today! 🙂


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