Date: Wednesday, August 28
Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:1-17
Verse: I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. When he commits iniquity, I will punish him with a rod such as mortals use, with blows inflicted by human beings. But I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. (2 Samuel 7:14-15)
Some kids are spoiled – not our kids, of course, but other people’s kids. They seem to get everything they want. They have no boundaries set for them. In extreme cases the parent goes so far as to do whatever it takes to keep the child happy, always allowing them to do what they want, and never punishing them because that would make them sad.
Behavior experts often remind parents their role is to be the parent and not a friend. We want to love our children, but sometimes the most loving thing to do for our child is not give them what they want, to disappoint them, even to make them angry. Our call as parents is to guide our children, which sometimes involves punishment.
As mentioned in yesterday’s devotion, being a child of God is not all about privilege. God isn’t always going to give us whatever we want, just because we ask him for it. God will not spoil us. Responsibility and expectation come along with God’s blessing. There are times when his word corrects us, when suffering the consequences of our sinful behavior is intended to change us. (Don’t take this too far. Sometimes bad stuff just happens to us for no good reason as well. See this devotion from last week.).
God promises David that when he dies, his son Solomon will be the king forever. God will correct him when he does things wrong. Then God adds this caveat, “But I will not take my steadfast love from him.” God is a good parent.
When things are not going your way, it is not because God has stopped loving you. Instead, it may just be God being a good parent to you.
Prayer: God, my great good parent, thank you for not spoiling me. Amen.
Action: Reflect on your parents, and the ways they guided you with love and correction.
Respond: What punishments did your parents employ that were most effective? Least effective? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below. If you are receiving this via email, click the title at the top of the email to take you to the devotion webpage where you can leave a comment.