Jeremiah 40:9-10 (NIV)
9 Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, took an oath to reassure them and their men. “Do not be afraid to serve the Babylonians,” he said. “Settle down in the land and serve the king of Babylon, and it will go well with you.
10 I myself will stay at Mizpah to represent you before the Babylonians who come to us, but you are to harvest the wine, summer fruit and oil, and put them in your storage jars, and live in the towns you have taken over.”
Hebrews 12:7-11 (NIV)
7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?
8 If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.
9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live!
10 Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness.
11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
Afraid to repent or confess your sin? Fear God’s discipline as something too hard to handle? Fear no more. Consider what God promises the people of Judah. If they submitted to his chastisement they would not only live, but they would prosper. If they refused his discipline, they would die horrible deaths at the hands of wicked nations. They would lose their families and friends.
Take note what was happening when Jeremiah was preaching the coming judgment. They were running out of food and water. Their children were starving and disease was rampant in their cities. Fear of torture and sickness was all around.
Now take note of what God promises them if they surrendered to the Babylonians. God told them it would go well with them; they would have plenty of wine and oil. They would live in well-built homes and houses. They would have a harvest of righteousness and peace.
Do you see it yet Church? God’s plan in our repentance and surrender is to give us what is best and to remove from us what is stealing our joy and life. No longer fear his discipline for it is through his discipline that we are delivered from our sin that so easily entangles us.
Is God correcting you right now of something you need to confess or repent? Go ahead, confess to Him, and submit to whatever his discipline will be, he promises to lead you out of your darkness into joy and peace.
Church, it is time to come into the light and see how much our God cares for us. See you in the land of chastisement for our good.