“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,Proverbs 12:1
but he who hates reproof is stupid.”
If you hear the phrase, “stupid is as stupid does,” you probably associated the quote from the movie, Forrest Gump – even if you’ve never seen the movie. It’s a blunt statement that delivers the same point found in the Proverb above.
For those who are being trained by the discipline of the Lord the opposite is true because when we realize the good God has intended for us, we’ll respond and maybe even embrace what He has in store for us.
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees,and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.Hebrews 12: 11-13
If you’ve ever felt defeated or deflated or discouraged by discipline (I’m out of “d” words now) or your circumstances, the reason you can persevere is a matter of confidence -not in yourself but in God.
The writer of Hebrews quotes Isaiah 35:3 in the passage above as he encourages strength for weak knees, but Isaiah continues in verse 4….”Say to those who have an anxious heart, Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”
Be confident. Be persistent.