Job 5:17- "Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty".
As a child my cousin lived on the corner of a street that had a steep curvy hill. We loved to ride our bikes down his street and then turn that corner at full speed and cascade down that curvy hill with our feet and arms outstretched. My uncle used to warn us to be careful because a spill down that path would surely not only be embarrassing but hurtful because a fall would definitely be followed by a tumble and many rolls. Well...as my aunt cleaned the dirt from my wounds and applied the burning antiseptic she would say..."stop squirming and take this medicine, it will kill the germs and help it heal.". God gives us warnings- many we do not heed because of the thrill or because we are following others or maybe we just like living on the edge. He tells us in his word that our daily walk will involve lessons that might often end with bruises, scrapes and hurts, but his medicine heals not just the wounds but protects our souls from the infections (evils) of the world. It might sting a little and we might shed a few more tears but God's medicine is soothing. Don't shun his application of the things which ultimately will heal your situation. You may see others doing the same activities and getting away without chastisement; but their journey is not your journey. You might get knocked off of your bike and skin your knee so that you avoid later being hit by a car and breaking many bones. God knows your future, embrace his correction today! Stop squirming and take your medicine. Be blessed! Dr. JoAnn