11 My son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord Or loathe His rebuke, 12 For whom the Lord loves He disciplines, Just as a father disciplines the son in whom he delights.
During the Renaissance age, the artist Michelangelo begins his work on his statue David. Michelangelo was 26 and he was asked to make a statue of David and he started working on a huge marble block. The artist took his job seriously, working day and night to finish. Sometimes he would fall asleep with his clothes on, removing pieces of marble while it rains and with candlelight late at night. On 8 September 8 of 1504, Michelangelo revealed his statue of King David and the world still calls his artwork of marvels at the most fantastic masterpiece. For someone to be a child of God, you and I have to be like a block of stone, to allow the Lord to do His artwork to make us into His image. My son, do not reject the discipline from the Lord, that is telling us to not be like rebellious brats, that will kick and scream no I want it my way now and forever. Many scriptures between Isaiah a Jeremiah say the Lord is the potter and we are the clay. A clay pot is empty which is made to fill up or to hold water, milk, or wine. Clay doesn’t say to it’s maker, let me remain empty or fill me up with mud or even monkey grease. A clay pot is an empty meaningless vessel and doesn’t complain that what it does or what it doesn’t do.
Isaiah 45:9 “Woe to the one who quarrels with his Maker—A piece of pottery among the other earthenware pottery pieces! Will the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you doing?’ Or the thing you are making say, ‘He has no hands’? 10 Woe to him who says to a father, ‘What are you fathering?’ Or to a woman, ‘To what are you giving birth?’
Only a foolish child rejects the love of their parents and if he or she rejects the correction that comes from discipline. I am personally grateful for the discipline, my father and mother gave me, cause I have more freedom and privileges in being obedient. In my personal experience when I worked at the group home for troubled teen boys as residential staff, children who receive whatever they want and are allowed to behave however they like, are a total wreak in life and in every relationship they are involved in. Just like Michelangelo saw a beautiful artwork in a block of stone, the Lord sees a masterpiece that He can be in you and Me. We must be still and allow Him to remove a big chunk of junk from us. To make us into the beautiful masterpieces He made us be. God bless you all, the Lord loves you and so do I. Samuel J Head.
Isaiah 64:8 But now, Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter, And all of us are the work of Your hand. 9 Do not be angry beyond measure, Lord, Nor remember wrongdoing forever. Behold, please look, all of us are Your people.
Hebrews 12:6 For whom the Lord loves He disciplines, And He punishes every son whom He accepts.” 7 It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?
Beautiful… great post!