“Whom the LORD loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives. If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?… He [chastens us] for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.” Hebrews 12:6-7, 10
To these chastenings belong outward afflictions, which are precious means, and sanctified to believers. O my dear heavenly Father, You are pleased with a true childlike confidence — but I have still a distrustful heart which is soon overwhelmed by the stroke of sudden calamity. Help me always to entertain the kindest thoughts of You and to fear no adversity, looking upon it as a token of love and not of hatred; and really believing it to be intended for my good. Whatever Your providence may order, let me not only be convinced of Your fatherly affection — but fall in with Your wholesome and kind designs. Send the Holy Spirit with every trial, to apply the promises, throw light on my path, strengthen my faith, and keep up my soul in prayer to You. I need to be chastened, for I am but a child, and a wayward, refractory, self-willed child; and You will chasten me because I am a child, and Your own child. O for grace to kiss every rod and meekly submit to every stroke!
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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