“He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing” Proverbs 29:1 (ESV).
Do you ever feel you are running in circles? Do you keep making the same mistakes? We think each trial we go through has taught us our lesson, and then we do it again. When we feel as though our life can’t get worse, something happens to prove us wrong.
Have you ever accepted Jesus as your Savior? Do you live your life following God’s direction? If not, the consequences in your life may be a direct result of ignoring Him and doing your own thing.
That is the way my life was. Each time I made a decision that took me further away from God, the consequence became worse. I was very rebellious and just wanted to live life my way. By the time I gave in and repented, I had so many regrets I didn’t think that I would be able to recover. It has not been easy, but I am finding peace and restoration.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd and does not let His sheep go astray. If we walk away from God after our Salvation, He starts the discipline process to bring us back to Him. He will not quit. Once we belong to Him, we will always belong to Him.
That is why God keeps disciplining us. But the longer it takes us to respond, the more punishment we will go through. If we keep refusing to repent, we will get to a place of brokenness that can’t heal.
I’m thankful that God didn’t stop disciplining me, but I wish I had learned my lesson sooner.