Crumbs
October 26, 2020
343. Week of Twenty First Sunday after Trinity - Saturday
Do not despise the chastening of the Lord
          My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, neither be weary of His correction; for whom the Lord loves He corrects; even as a father the son in whom he delights.   Proverbs 3:11,12
          Are you a child of God through faith in Jesus Christ? Truly? Then every grief that befalls you, every pain of body or soul, every sorrow, great and small, every tribulation, everything that may annoy you, every anguish, every need, want, or hardship - it is all a kind, fatherly chastening and correction God gives you for your soul's welfare in time and eternity. This you must firmly believe. It cannot be otherwise. For what else could it be? Chance? There is no such thing as chance; everything is under God's direction. Or did others cause your trouble, or did you bring it upon yourself? That may be the immediate cause. But this too, is under God's direction. Or is your trouble to be looked upon as a just punishment of an angry God? Impossible! Christ has suffered that for you. And God loves you, His child, though you sin much. No, it is all, without exception, a kind, fatherly chastening and correction which God wants you to experience for your good, for your spiritual betterment. Therefore, my child, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, do not murmur against it, do not reject it; neither be weary of His correction. For - mark well! - whom the Lord loves He corrects, even as a father the son in whom he delights. Oh, indeed, you may weep and pray and cry: Spare me, O Lord! But at the same time trust in Him, and kiss the loving hand that smites you. Nor inquire after the why and wherefore in each case. Do not say: What have I done now? Aren't you at all times a sinner in need of correction? Fix your eyes intently upon God's never-erring wisdom and His never-wavering love.
          PRAYER: - My dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that I may rest assured that every grief that befalls me is under Your direction and is a kind, fatherly chastening for my good, my soul's welfare. Grant me Your Holy Spirit, that I may humble myself under Your mighty hand, firmly believing that You will comfort me again and gladden my soul, O loving Father! Amen.

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