"A fool despises his father's instruction, but he who receives correction is prudent." Proverbs 15:5.
Naturally, I needed to find out what prudent means...
1. Wise in handling practical matters; exercising good judgment or common sense.
2. Careful in regard to one's own interests; provident.
3. Careful about one's conduct; circumspect.
Yesterday a lot of things came to a head for me. I had been struggling with something that I knew was wrong, but sometimes I feel as though my flesh just strives to win and I lose that battle within myself. The Lord knows our hearts and our thoughts...there is no where we can go to hide from Him.
"O God, You know my foolishness; and my sins are not hidden from You." Psalm 69:5
"For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known." Matthew 10:26
Psalm 139 "O Lord, You have searched me and known me, You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether." vs. 7 "Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me."
I knew the Lord saw what I was doing. It's in the scriptures. But I still struggled with changing my actions. It's like a small child...When I was younger, I used to love hiding from my mom in the clothes racks at Dillard's and making her search for me. Occasionally, she'd call out my name and search for me, but after time as I got older (and somewhat wiser) she would just walk away and continue looking for whatever it was she came for. My fear came when she stopped looking for me. I knew what I was doing was not making her parenting easier, but hiding from her became a thrill. Eventually, I would come out from hiding knowing the rebuke was coming. But what I learned was that even though I knew I would have to endure the discipline, I desired her love and comfort far more than being left behind.
As I laid in bed last night, I praised God for His lovingkindness and unfailing mercies. I thanked Him for His discipline. I need it. Every time that He rebukes me for my sin, it strengthens my faith that He is who He says He is. He is omnipresent. He knows our going out and coming in. There is nothing we can hide from Him.
"I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. Mt frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You." Psalm 139:14-18.
What do you have that you're trying to hide from Him?
This is my prayer for you today...
"Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."
"For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23
"My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives." Proverbs 3:11-12
"Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it." Hebrews 12:11
Praise our Father in Heaven who counsels us and leads us into the way of righteousness and does not leave us in a place of question. His name be exalted in the heavens today and forevermore.