Ever have something come up in your life and you didn’t expect it? Maybe things didn’t work out the way you assumed they would or there was something that you couldn’t predict, something that eluded you. I believe this reality of life is a reality within us as well. Just as there are things in life that are around us that we don’t notice, there are also things about ourselves (e.g. personality traits or character flaws) we simply don’t notice. Maybe we are proud or arrogant or maybe we are self-centered. Oh, here is a tough one to swallow; perhaps we are or have been bitter.
Jim and Pam King began our discussion today with Psalm 19:12, “Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults”. When God tells us to change something in our lives it’s because He love us. In the words of Jim King, “God’s goal is to improve us”.
Let’s take a moment and think back to a childhood memory. For me, I was 7 years old, it was summertime, and I wanted to ride my bike. So my parents let me. The catch- my bike had training wheels. How can I say this… Training wheels aren’t cool; especially when all your friends are already riding their bikes without them. I was convinced that my parents were trying to humiliate me. So in my defiance I took a joy ride without my training wheels and it wasn’t long before I ended up in the ditch on the side of the road crying. Crying for whom you might ask? Yes, I was crying for my parents. There was something my parents knew that I didn’t when they told me to use those training wheels. Just like the saying goes, “You have to crawl before you can walk”. If I would of listened to them then I could have avoided a lot of shed tears and even more shed blood. I tell you this because I believe it is so vital to be open to God’s correction. Just as the word of God says in Hebrews 12:5 & 6 – "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when He rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those He loves, and He punishes everyone He accepts as a son."
I believe that Jim and Pam King struck on something that is very simple, but very powerful once you take it to heart- God is your source and He has your best interest at the forefront of His plans for you.